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Fall/Winter 1998-99 

A News Magazine Published by Governor Dummer Academy 





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Huggins Field and Track had its inaugural use in 
the spring of 1960. Nearly thirty years later the 
old field completed its makeover in time for 
Parent's Weekend 1998. The new "world-class" Barbara F. 
Porter Field is encircled by the new Olympic-sized Samuel 
Huggins Track. The Barbara F. Porter Field is 120 yards 
long and 80 yards wide and is lit by 150,000 watts of power. 
The surfacing of the track was completed at the end of 
November. The spring track teams will have a "state-of- 
the-art" surface for their meets. 

The picture at the top left is Huggins Track in its first season. The runners are Ray Bird '62 and Terry Golden '62 during a 
hurdle race. The picture at the bottom right shows Sam '00 and Mike Porter '99 "head and shoulders above the competition' 
in the first game on the Barbara F. Porter Field. 


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Fall/Winter 1998-99 

Table of Co 


On the Cover 

(From left to right) 
Front Row: Jason Charles '99, 
Teaneck, NJ; Joann Nguyen '99, 
Salem, MA; Ragowo 
Hediprasetyo '01, Jakarta, 
Indonesia. Second Row: 
Christopher Stowens, Fine Arts 
Department Head; Aaliyah and 
Sheila Young, Dormitory; Ike 
Suggs, Admissions, 10th Grade 
Dean. Back Row: Elizabeth 
Turnbull '00, Wenham, MA; Min 
Bae '99, Seoul, Korea; Gillian 
Lloyd, Director of Admissions; 
Lindsey Wetzel, English 

The Archon is printed 
on recycled paper. 



Stresses and Steps 

By Kathy Guy 

History and Tradition 

By Ike Suggs '78 

How Governor Dummer's 
Diversity Initiatives Can Succeed 

By Nora Lester 

Diversity: An Administrator's View 

By John Peierman P'01 

Diversity at GDA: Past, Present & Future 

By Brian Pfeiffer '69, Peg Gage P75, '78, '86 

GDA's Gay-Straight Alliance 

By Genevieve Reynolds '00 

Diversity and Creativity 

By Lloyd Hamovit 

Diversity of Opinion: Religion 

By Christopher Stowens 

Being Myself Perfectly 

By Yuki Tsubomatsu '98 

Life in a Nigerian Boarding School 

By Bijou Mgbojikwe '00 


By Evan Trent '98 

From Hill to Marsh 

By Joel Masinter '01 

Chapel Talk: Joker and a Thief! 

By Mark Gerry 

ClaSS of 1998 — College Plans and Commencement 

By Shirley S. French P'76 

Reunion '98 Highlights 


Letters 2 

Headmaster's Message 3 

On Campus 4 

Milestones 38 

Class Notes 40 


Thanks . . . 

Dear Peter, 

I hope this letter finds you well rested after 
another year of hectic activities. It is with the 
deepest sincerity that I write this letter and I 
apologize for not writing it sooner. I would like 
to express my heartfelt gratitude to the Academy 
and to you personally for providing my daughter 
with four wonderful years. Jackie had an oppor- 
tunity to grow in so many ways during this time. 
As you recognize, she is a talented and energetic 
young woman. These talents were not always 
respected in previous years but at Governor 
Dummer she was allowed to shine. She gradu- 
ated with a deep sense of self and her place in the 
larger society. I want to again express my grati- 
tude to you personally, for taking a special 
interest in Jackie and giving her the respect to 
be herself, dreads and all. 

When I met you the day of graduation, you 
told me that she had changed the school for the 
better and that you believe that Jackie has the 
potential to change the world. I share that view 
with you. I love her dearly and admire her many 
talents and gifts. She has brought us tremen- 
dous joy and pride over the last 18 years. 

For all of her experiences at the Academy, I 
will be forever grateful. 

Sincerely yours, 

Jan Downing, P'98 

The Foundation 

of Many Friendships . . . 

Dear Peter, 

I just wanted to send a quick note to say 
hello. It has been a while since we have talked, 
much too long. As you can see by my address, 
Lisa and I have moved to Cincinnati, Ohio. I 
have accepted a position as Chief Information 
Officer for one of the largest employee leasing 
companies in the tri-state area. 

I received my copy of the Archon and, as 
always, read your message first. This one really 
hit home. Open house is a tradition that will 
always be remembered in my heart. Both you 
and Dottie made a lot of lonely freshmen feel at 
home in those first few lonely nights away from 
home. I would suspect that all of the "past" visi- 
tors have a favorite memory from open house. 
Mine is as vivid as if it were last Saturday night. 
I remember meeting Mr. and Mrs. Piatelli for 
the first time. I can remember Mrs. Piatelli in 
the kitchen baking cookies as if she was already 
one of "us." In that moment I realized how much 
she really fit in and that she and Mr. Piatelli 
belonged at GDA. I was sad to hear that they 
have moved on, but I am sure that they are doing 
well. Please give them my regards if you speak to 

For me, Open House was the foundation of 
many friendships that were put together in the 
following 4 years, ones that I will never forget, 
yours and Dottie's being at the top of the list. As 
you have said "Open House provides a haven, a 

setting for friendship in relaxed circumstances." 
The Chairman could not have said it better. 

Yes, it has been a while but, as I sit here on 
a Saturday night writing this letter to you, a 
smile comes across my face. For the tradition 
that was started 15 years ago is still going strong 
and a little part of me is still back in Byfield 
eating cookies with you. Please give my regards 
to Dottie and Katherine and let them know I was 
thinking of them. 

Thanks for the memories, 

Glen Distafano '87 

GDA Experience . . . 

Dear Peter, 

As the 1998 school year draws to a close and 
our active association of nine years with 
Governor Dummer Academy nears an end, we 
want to express our appreciation to you and all 
at Governor Dummer Academy. 

Since the fall of 1989, when Anne entered as 
a freshman, we have marveled at the way the 
academy has grown, as well as the growth and 
maturity we have seen in our daughters. Much 
of this can be attributed to the caring and dedi- 
cation of all in the Governor Dummer family 
from the office and support staff to the faculty. 
While academics are important, it is but one 
aspect of the Governor Dummer experience. 
Exposure to and tolerance of diverse people and 
ideas, a sense of obligation to do for others and 
the discipline needed to get the job done have 
helped prepare Anne, Kate, and Jessica for what 
the future holds. 

As parents, we have also shared and bene- 
fitted from this wonderful association, one that 
we hope will continue in the future. Again, many 
thanks to you and your colleagues. 


Alice and Ken Savage 

Larry Miller '67: 
Lost? & Found! 

On June 3, 1967, clutching an important 
Valleau Wilkie signature, Larry Miller walked 
past the Milestone — and out of our lives. He was 
off to Utica College, but for the next 31 years no 
one in the Class of '67 spoke with him, saw him, 
or had any way of contacting him. He was offi- 
cially "lost." 

And it's a great loss. Larry was a very pop- 
ular member of our class for three years. He was 
easy-going, with a ready smile. Larry was part of 
the Milestone board, a member of the football 
and track teams, and a mainstay of the grill, 
which opened the year Larry arrived at GDA. 

Had Larry died? Three members of our 
class perished in the first few years after gradu- 
ation, so it was a natural fear. The only class- 
mate who had heard anything of Larry passed 
on a rumor that he had adopted a Muslim name. 

That was going to make it even tougher to track 
him down. 

I had no luck with Utica College. The 
alumni office had no record of him and theorized 
that Larry had left before graduating. Three 
times I tried to track him through A Better 
Chance (ABC), the Boston-based organization 
that finds black teenagers with academic 
promise but limited funds and places them in 
boarding schools. Again, no luck. "If you ever 
find him," ABC said, "please tell him we would 
like to hear from him." 

There are 533 GDA alumni who are lost. 
But we had only one, and it became increasingly 
frustrating. I could see my tombstone: "Yeah, but 
he never found Larry.' As class secretary, it was 
on my head. 

Last April I got a call from classmate Dan 
Morgan, president of GDA's trustees. "Did you 
hear who Billy Alfond ran into?" he asked me. 
'You're not going to believe this. Larry Miller." I 
told Dan it was no joking matter. But a couple of 
weeks later I needed to talk to Bill about some- 
thing else and mentioned Dan's claim. Bill con- 
firmed Dan's account. 

It happened in Atlanta. Bill was there 
because his father, Harold Alford, was receiving 
a major volunteer award from the United Way of 
America. After the honorary dinner, a man 
approached him and said, "Bill? I don't know if 
you remember me. I'm Larry Miller." They 
hugged and exchanged the basics of the past 30 
years. "They're not going to believe this," Bill 
told Larry, referring to the rest of us. 

It turns out that Larry has been among the 
most settled members of the class. After leaving 
college, Larry began working in Utica for United 
Way. Three years later he took a United Way 
position in Wilmington, Del., and has been there 
ever since. I have driven past Wilmington hun- 
dreds of times, never imagining that the most 
elusive member of our class was right there. 
Larry is married and has a 12-year-old son. The 
name-change rumor baffles him. 

Was Larry trying to avoid us all those years 
because of a bad experience? No. "I had a great 
time," he told me over the phone. "All the mem- 
ories are good." That says a lot about Larry's 
adaptability. Today GDA is a reasonably diverse 
place. In our day, the three African Americans 
and one Chinese citizen in our class of 73 made 
us the most diverse in that era. Larry not only 
survived; he thrived. 

Larry's reemergence has excited class- 
mates. "This is more exciting than a free day!" 
raved Reid Pugh. Those of us who do not get a 
chance to see him during the next couple of years 
hope to do so at our 35th reunion in 2002. Larry 
says he'll be there. "I look forward to seeing 
everybody," he says. 

Ben Beach '67 

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Published since 1884 


Peter W. Bragdon 


Leslie Cargill 


David Oxton 

Additional Photography 

Leo Hart 

Graphic Design 

Signature Graphics 

Assistant Headmaster 

Edward C. Young '73, P'01,'02 
Director of Development 
Patricia Tobin Peterman P'01 
Associate Director of Development 
Michael A. Moonves 
Director of Annual Giving 
Michelle Kunz 

Trustees of Governor Dummer Academy 

Daniel M. Morgan '67, P'97, President 

Shirley S. French P'76, Vice President 

Stephen G. Kasnet '62, P'95, Vice President 

Josiah H. Welch '47, P'80'83, Secretary 

Jeffrey L. Gordon '69, Treasurer 

William L. Alfond '67 

Putnam P. Flint '37, GP'99 

Clifford J. Gillespie 

Judith Gore P'95'97 

Richard M. KeUeher P'99'01 

Josiah K. Lilly '68, P'91'98 

Mary F. Mack P'87'91'93 

Joshua L. Miner IV '69, P'96'98 

Dodge D. Morgan '50, P'92 

Brian H. Noyes '76 

William F. O'Leary '73 

Carrie W. Penner '88 

Haskell Rhett '54 

James L. Rudolph '68 

George S. Scharfe P'95'00 

C. Thomas Tenney, Jr. '69 

Alumni Trustees 

Kathleen Leary Livermore '79 

Ann K McShea '82 

Ex Officio 

Peter T. Butler '62 

President, Alumni/ae Council 

Alumni/ae Council 

Peter T. Butler '62, President 

Catherine Burgess '91, Secretary/Treasurer 

Carolyn Borwick '77 

R. Jeffrey Bailly '80 

Deana Giamette Boyages '88 

James Deveney '60 

John P. English '28 

Peter W. Franklin '72 

Anthony P. Fusco '85 

Joshua Lappin '92 

Joseph E. MacLeod '56 

Howard J. Navins '31, P'63'66, GP'93 

Susan F. Pattison '77 

Robert Studley '86 

Marc K Tucker '68, P'01 

Ex Officio 

Karen A. Schulte '83, Past President 

Arthur H. Veasey III '68, Past President 

John S. Mercer '64, P'95, Past President 

Peter M. Sherin '59, Past President 

Putnam P. Flint '37, GP'99, Co-chair, Trustee 

Development Committee 
Carrie W. Penner '88, Co-chair, Trustee 

Development Committee 

The Archon is published three times a 
year by Governor Dummer Academy, Byfield, 
Massachusetts 01922. Telephone: (978) 465-1763. 
Letters are welcome from alumni, alumnae, parents, 
and friends of the Academy and are subject to 
editing for reasons of space availability. 

Headmaster's Message 

means becoming 
a part of the 
polity - becoming one of 
us. But that does not mean conformity. 
We are more than a melting pot; we are a 
kaleidoscope, where every turn of history 
refracts new light on the old promise." 
These words of the great Congresswoman 
Barbara Jordan are always on my desk as 
each day sheds "new light on the old 
promise of the American dream," a dream 
which will eventually honor each indi- 
vidual in these United States, when a time 
comes in our land free of prejudice and full 
of mutual respect between people of all 

One thought when people look at 
independent schools, and particularly at 
Governor Dummer, is that America is 
somehow "out there" beyond the bound- 
aries of a school, beyond the boundaries 
of Lt. Governor William Dummer's farm. 
Such a view could not be more wrong. The 
Governor Dummer student body is a slice 
of America reflecting the strengths and 
weaknesses of our nation. Life at Governor 
Dummer is often more demanding of 
human relationships than life beyond. 
The difference from the America 
beyond South Byfield is that the students 

Life at 

Governor Dummer is 
often more demanding 
of human relationships 
than life beyond. 

here are involved in a very 
intense quest guided by 
the school motto, "non 
sibi sed aliis," - "not for 
self but for others." Our students are 
involved in a daily search for excellence in 
the classroom, in athletic competition, in 
the arts, in the community, and often out- 
side the community. 

The students write essays, rewrite 
them, conduct labs, conjugate verbs, hit 
balls, run, skate, fall in love, compete in 
Cardinal Red uniforms, share meals, and 
grow up. Each day, in such close prox- 
imity, students have an opportunity to 
outgrow the prejudices of the American 
society from which most of them come. 
They cannot avoid each other. There are 
no enclaves of particular groups on the 
Governor Dummer campus. 

Here students can learn to understand 
and respect differences and take this 
understanding and respect with them 
into their adult years. Here in this crucible 
the American dream can constantly head 
towards fruition. The excitement of this 
dream is that it asks so much in 
demanding "life, liberty, and pursuit of 
happiness" for each individual in America. 
This beacon will always beckon. 

Peter W. Bragdon ' 

The Archon — Fall/Winter 1998-99 3 

On Campus 

AP Scores Continue to Rise 

By Bill Quigley, Academic Dean 

The achievement of GDA students 
on the 1998 AP tests was 
ChurchiUian: Never before have 
so many GDA students written 
so many AP exams and done so well. 

Seventy-two juniors and seniors wrote 
128 exams in 20 different AP subjects and 
87 percent of them scored 3's, 4's, and 5's. 
Fifty-three percent earned 4's and 5's. 
(The AP Program of The CoUege Board 
assesses achievement on a 5-point scale; 
3 signifies qualification for credit for an 
entry-level college course, 4 means well 
qualified, and 5 means extremely well 

Eighteen of these students received 
special recognition for their outstanding 
achievements, placing themselves in the 
elite company of only 13 percent of more 
than 650,000 students around the world 
who wrote AP exams last May. 

Six students qualified for the AP 

Scholar Award by completing 3 or more 
AP exams with grades of 3 or higher. 
They are: Jacqueline Downing '98, 
Elizabeth Duggan '98, Alicia Flynn '98, 
Michael Meagher '98, William Olney '98, 
and Andrew Therriault '99. 

Seven students qualified for the AP 
Scholar with Honor Award by earning an 
average grade of at least 3.25 on all AP 
exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on 
4 or more of those exams. They are: Eric 
Blair '98, Melissa Green '98, Sarah Koken 
'98, Katherine Newman '98, James 
Notopoulos '98, Philip VentureUi '98, and 
Mary Vieira '98. 

Four students qualified for the AP 
Scholar with Distinction by earning an 
average grade of at least 3.5 on all AP 
exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher 
on 5 or more of those exams. They are: 
Gregory Gleason '98, Emily Harris '98, 
Stoddard Panall '98, and Evan Trent '98. 

Who's Who 

Four GDA teachers were honored by 
being selected to "Who's Who Among 
America's Teachers." Master teachers 
David Abusamra, Pierre BarateUi, 
Fontaine Bradley, and David Van Ness 
were nominated by their former students 
who themselves are currently listed in 
"Who's Who Among American High 
School Students" or "The National 
Dean's List." 

Bob Colgate 

Governor Dummer Academy bid 
a farewell to long-time teacher, 
coach, and friend, Bob Colgate, 
in June 1998. 
Mr. Colgate came to GDA in 
September of 1980 from St. Mark's 
School. A graduate of St. Mark's School 
and Gettysburg College, he received his 
Master's Degree at the University of New 

Mr. Colgate will be remembered at 
GDA for the way he helps others - as a 
Trustee of New Hampshire's Brantwood 
Camp for underprivileged children, and 
as Dean of Students, math teacher, and 
coach during the 18 years he and his wife, 
the late Marguerite "Peg" Colgate, spent 
at GDA. Mr. Colgate coached JV basket- 

4 The Archon — Fall/Winter 1998-99 

Coach Bob Colgate with team members. 

ball and was both Assistant Varsity 
Baseball Coach and Head Varsity 
Baseball Coach while at GDA. 

Since leaving Byfield, Mr. Colgate 
resides in Lee, New Hampshire. He con- 

tinues his work at Brantwood where 
members of GDA's senior class spend 
time each year. 

Common Book Program 

H ru a y m ki i Jm s i 

By Elaine White, English Department Head 

The Common Book Program cele- 
brates its tenth anniversary this 
year. Begun under the leadership of 
Richard Searles and the English 
Department, the program, in which the 
entire community — faculty, staff, and stu- 
dents - reads one book and 
shares a day of workshops 
and convocation with the 
author, has enjoyed many 
years of success. At this 
point in time, the common 
book is selected each year 
by a committee composed 
of students and faculty. 

Last April David 
Guterson, author of the 
1995 Pen/Faulkner award- 
winning Snow Falling on 
Cedars, visited the 
Academy. He addressed 
groups of students, faculty, 
and staff who had gath- 
ered in the beautiful 
Bragdon reading room in 
the Pescosolido Library. Pleased that our 
community would devote time and place 
such emphasis upon reading, he recom- 
mended Dr. Charles Johnson from the 

Dr. Charles Johnson 

University of Washington as a potential 

The committee concurred and on 
December 3, Charles Johnson, author of 
Dreamer, a historical fiction based on the 
last two years of the life of Martin Luther 
King, offered three work- 
shops and a convocation to 
our community. He spent 
years researching the life 
of Dr. King before writing 
the novel. In addition to 
speaking about King, Dr. 
Johnson also spoke about 
the craft of writing and 
encouraged students to 
write and revise con- 
stantly. He was quite gra- 
cious with his time and 
offered much advice to 
individual students. Dr. 
Johnson is also the author 
of Middle Passage which 
won the National Book 
Award in 1990. 
Guterson and Johnson join a long list of 
notable authors, including Gloria Naylor 
and Tim O'Brien, to serve as common book 
authors for our program. 

"Mac" Murphy . . . 

"Heaven is a better place now that he is there." 

October 13, 1998 

Dear Peter, 

I enclose a copy of my crude writing of 
a letter to Mac and his generous response. 
I unabashedly loved that man. Heaven is a 
better place now that he is there. 


Put Flint '37 

June 15, 1991 
Alumni Day 

To Athol Macdonald Murphy, 

My friend, my master who through 
what is now a cluster of decades has stayed 
close to my heart and better still, my spirit 
which he never permitted to be broken. 

How can this man, born on Canada's 
continental divide, hold together so many 
GDA alums at his side? The answer is clear 
— with love and with pride, we had Mac to 
support us; a master at our side. And now 
in the twilight of life we look at one whose 
flame never shook. And if ever the flame is 
snuffed, he should know our love, devotion, 

(I speak for many) and, thanks be to God 
through him we were allowed to grow. 

Put Flint '37 

June 17, 1991 

Dear Put, 

Your letter was one of the best and 
kindest I have ever received. It was typical 
of your generous spirit, and it will be trea- 
sured and preserved. Of course you are 
much too kind — you neglect to mention the 
people like yourself we were privileged to 
work with. The faculty had the utmost pride 
in you while you were a student, a pride 
which increased as we followed you and 
many others in the course of your distin- 
guished careers. 

I much regret that the late hour and the 
long drive will prevent me hearing your 
narration at Ben's musical presentation. 
We shall be very much with you in spirit. 

Elizabeth joins me in sending most 
affectionate greetings to you. 


A. Macdonald 
"Mac" Murphy 

A Macdonald "Mac" Murphy died 
on October 12, 1998, in 
Yarmouth, Maine where he lived 
. for the past 13 years with his wife, 
Elizabeth. Mac Murphy was a true 
Renaissance man. He came to Byfield in 
1931 and spent the next 43 years as teacher, 
coach, mentor, and leader. To anyone who 
had the privilege of knowing him, Mac 
Murphy would probably be considered the 
purest of gentlemen. His gifts were many. 

He was one of the finest English 
teachers in the history of the Academy. 
Former AP English students remember 
him reciting literary passages from memory 
while walking around the table in the Frost 
Building seminar room now named for him. 
Then further impressing them, he would 
reach the exact page number on which the 
passage could be found. 

His great interests in theology, litera- 
ture, and philosophy, coupled with his ath- 
leticism and love of sports, epitomize the 
diversity and spirit of Governor Dummer 
Academy both past and present. 

As Athletic Director, Mac instilled this 
school with the true meaning of sportsman- 
ship. As a former AU-American lacrosse 
player at Harvard College, he started 
both lacrosse and ice hockey programs at 
GDA. Along with a group of his peers from 
other schools, Mac founded the Private 
School League which expanded into the 
Independent School League. The tradi- 
tional "tea" held after each home game, 
which, in later years became a soda in the 
gym, was Mac's idea. 

Mac was a mentor to many young 
teachers. As a teacher to both teachers and 
students, as housemaster in Cottage and 
Moody-Boynton House, and as a member of 
the Governor Dummer community, Mac's 
interest in others was his trademark. He 
had a wonderful knack for making others 
feel important, as he was sincerely and 
deeply interested in the people around him. 

Mac celebrated his 90th birthday on 
March 16, 1998. He leaves his wife, 
Elizabeth, his children, Janet and Steve 
'68, and two grandchildren and four 
great-grandchildren. (His first wife, Peggy, 
died 15 years ago.) 

A memorial service is being planned for 
Reunion Weekend Spring '99. Memorial 
contributions may be made to Governor 
Dummer Academy in Mac's name. 

The Archon — Fall/Winter 1998-99 5 

On Campus 


By Scott Larsen 

History was made at the Academy 
this spring. For the first time in 
the history of GDA, a Softball 
team was in the ISL wearing the 
cardinal red. Actually, this was really the 
second year for softball. Last year the 
Lady Governors fielded a team which 
played an independent schedule. 

If this year is any indication, softball 
will become a very positive addition to the 
school. Led by tri-captains Kate Hecht, 
Becky Stephenson, and Brooke Peltzman, 
the Governors managed to put together a 
very respectable 4-4 league record and 8-7 
overall record. This allowed them to finish 
fourth in the ISL. Tremendous effort and 
talent was also given by senior Emily 
Novis at second base and freshman Emily 
Ouimette at catcher. Both of these players 
finished in the top ten for ISL batting 
averages, led the team in stolen bases, and 
defense. In addition both Emily's were 
named as ISL All League Players. ISL 
Honorable Mention went to freshman 
Jessie Kendrick at 3rd base, senior Becky 
Stephenson at Pitcher, and sophomore 
Anne Marie Adamczyk at Centerfield. 
Thanks also go to departing seniors Mary 

All-ISL Emily Ouilmette '01 

Arme Adamzack '00 at bat. 

Emily Novis '98 slides safely. 

Vieira, Kate Katzenberg, Tia Sloan, and 
Jessica Savage. 

Our season was highlighted with key 
wins against ISL schools such as BB&N, 
Middlesex, Thayer, and Milton. The most 
exciting game of the season, even though 
it ended in a loss, was our end of the 
season contest against Nobles. Down 6-3 
in the top of the 7th inning, the 
Governors managed to rally in the 7th 
and tied the game 6-6. Nobles eventually 
won the game 7-6, but it was that kind of 
effort and determination that made this 
team very special to coach. These young 
women refused to quit no matter what the 
score. The excitement does not end with 
this season. Next year promises more fun. 
With the addition of more ISL schools, the 
competition looks tough. In addition to 
the underclassmen already mentioned, we 
have many talented players coming in and 
many coming back. Look to see junior 
Lindsay Gobin on the mound and senior 
Melissa Kelleher swinging a big bat as the 
Lady Governors look to better their record 
and keep softball on a roll at GDA. 
Thanks to all for a very special season. 


By Jessica Reed-Zaplin '99 
and Megan McShane '99 

The Women's tennis team was coached by 
Sarah Southam during her last year at 
GDA. Led by senior captain Sarah Turner 
and returners Megan McShane, Polly 
Titcomb, and Emily Dana, the team 
strived for success. Although the competi- 
tion was challenging, the team managed to 
have fun. Many goals were accomplished 
including improvement and team unity 
which will strengthen the 1999 team. 


By Cian O'Neill '00 

The Men's tennis team had its ups and 
downs in the spring of 1998. Although the 
team did not win a match, team spirit 
stayed high, thanks to motivational talks 
by Coach Perry Nelson. Once we realized 
that we would struggle with wins, the 
focus became individual improvement. 

The team for 1999 will consist of two 
returning sophomores, Nate Tsao and Joel 
Masinter and three returning juniors, 
Captain Cian O'Neill, Jeff Clyde, and Bret 
Bregman. Bret Bregman was the most 
improved for the '98 season, followed by 
Joel Masinter. 

The 1999 team will have a different 
agenda with a solid rebuilding year and a 
competitive 2000 season. 

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By Peter Bidstrup 

The 1998 Men's Varsity Lacrosse 
team put together a fine season. 
The Red Dogs' 11 wins (3 losses) 
were the most since the 1977 team 
led by Dave Phippen '98 and Joe Pietrafesa 
'98. Hard work and a "never say die" atti- 
tude characterized this resilient bunch. 
After a 3-3 start, the team won its last 8 
games in a row. A balanced offensive 
attack and a stingy defense with excellent 
goaltending proved to be a tough mix for 
most teams to handle. The team's 9-2 
record was good for third place in the ISL. 

An opening game loss to Tabor was 
quickly followed with an exciting come- 
from-behind overtime win at St. Paul's. 
Trailing 4-2 in the fourth quarter, the 
Govs rallied for a 5-5 tie at the end of reg- 

Mike Meagher '98, has taken his 
Ail-American skills to Harvard. 

ulation. Mike Porter '99 fed Greg Carroll 
'98 on the crease for the game winner and 
set the stage for several remarkable come- 
backs later in the season. Other highlights 
include wins over both Andover and 
Exeter, a 14-8 win at Nobles, when the 
Govs had been down 5-1 after the first 
quarter, a last minute win over St. 
Mark's, and an 11-3 win vs. Brooks to 
conclude the season. 

Captains Mike Meagher '98 (defense) 

All League Greg Carroll '98 turns 
on an Andover defenseman. 

Greg Carroll (attack), and Pat Forrest 
'98 (goal), were all chosen as All ISL. 
Meagher and Forrest started for the East 
Team in the annual senior New England 
East vs. West All Star game. Greg Carroll 
came off the bench and scored twice in 
that game. Meagher, who scored 14 goals 
in two seasons as a defenseman, was also 
chosen as an All American. Carroll led the 
team in scoring followed closely by junior 
midfielder Mike Porter. 

Special thanks to the hard working and talented group of seniors led by Meagher, Carroll and Forrest, and Jeremy Devaney, Tim 
Flaherty, Greg Gleason, Dave Chapman, Will Olney, Mike Kelly, Jamie Notopoulos, and Tyler Burns. 

Women's Lacrosse 

By Peter Bidstrup 

The 1998 Women's Lacrosse team 
finished 8-3-1 placing them fifth of 
the thirteen teams in the ISL. The 
three senior leaders of this team 
were Leigh Ferrara, Robyn O'Reilly, and 
Beth Pilkington. 

Each year the women's lacrosse team 
sets out to be the best in the league. 
Through their hard work, dedication and 
sacrifice they have managed to stay in the 
top five for the last five years beginning 
with the league title in 1993. 

This team had a very young offense 
that struggled to learn how to work as a 
unit. Caroline Kelleher '99 and Leigh 
Ferrara '98 led the attack. Leigh Ferrara 
was the second highest scorer on the team 
with 22 goals and 2 assists This is an 
incredible accomplishment because for the 
two previous seasons she was a defensive 

specialist. She was selected to play in the 
senior all-star game. She will use her skills 
for the Division 1 Colgate team in the 

Junior Caroline Kelleher was the 
leading scorer with 30 goals and 9 assists. 
Caroline was selected for both the Junior 
All-star team and the AU-ISL team. 
The strong defensive unit was led by Alex 
McHale '98. Lauren Montgomery '00 was 
in goal with Ayesha Morgan '99 and KK 
Scharfe in front of her. Sophomore 
Scharfe was selected, for the second time, 
to the All-ISL team and Honorable 
Mention Ail-American. Fortunately most 
of the defensive squad is returning for the 
'99 season. 

Beth Pilkington '98 looking to score. 

TheArchon — Fall/Winter 1998-99 7 

On Campus 


By Bill Quigley 

Varsity Baseball, led by Co-Captains 
T. Harding '98 and Peter Buccella 
'98, played to a 6-10 record in the 
spring of 1998. This was a team 
which played with spirit in every contest - 
win or lose. 

Nick Majocha '98, who led the team in 
batting average and played center field, 
also provided outstanding pitching - as a 
starter, a middle reliever, and a closer. 
Nick was selected to the All-ISL team. 
Bobby Sims '99 was the team's MVP, and 
Harding received the Senior Baseball 

Also contributing to this team and 
others in past years were Gabe Wayne '98 
and Clint Swallow '98. A big boost to this 
team's spirit and line-up was the return to 
the game of Hans Carbonneau '98, who 
added punch at the plate and leadership 
behind the plate. 

The baseball program will miss Coach 
Bob Colgate, who retired after the '98 


By Mike Moonves 

The 1998 GDA Golf Team was 
admirably led by Co-Captains 
Chris Prendergast '98 and John- 
Mark Harris '98. Although the 
team did not fair well in the win-loss 
column, each and every player improved 
over the course of the season. The young 
team returns several letter winners. 
The prospects are bright for 1999. 

Gabe Wayne '98 at the plate. 

season. He is being succeeded by Aaron 
Hirsch, who had coached the '97 team. 
Co-captains for the '99 team are Sims 
and Rick Binelli '99. 

(See related story on page 4.) 

Watch for 

Fall Sports Team Recaps 

in the next issue of 

The Arch on. 

Spring '98 Team Records 

Baseball Varsity 6-10-0 

Junior Varsity 3-7-1 

Golf Varsity 1-14-1 

Men's Tennis Varsity 0-15-0 

Junior Varsity 0-12-0 

Women's Tennis Varsity 3-10-0 

Junior Varsity 3-7-0 

Men's Lacrosse Varsity 12-3-0 

Junior Varsity 11-5-0 

Women's Lacrosse Varsity 10-4-1 

Junior Varsity 5-9-0 

Women's Track Varsity 0-4-0 

Men's Track (NE Champs) Varsity 1-4-0 

Fall '98 Team Records 

Men's Cross-Country Varsity 4-5-0 

Junior Varsity 1-8-0 

Women's Cross-Country Varsity 2-6-0 

Field Hockey Varsity 4-10-1 

Junior Varsity 2-10-1 

Football Varsity 6-2-0 

Junior Varsity 1-4-1 

Men's Soccer Varsity 5-7-3 

Junior Varsity 4-7-4 

3rds 3-5-0 

Women's Soccer Varsity 8-3-2 

Junior Varsity 5-7-1 

8 The Archon — Fall/Winter 1998-99 

New England 

By Mary Ellen Karin 

On Saturday, May 16, the men's 
track team traveled to St. George's 
School to compete in the New 
England Prep School Division III 
Track Championship. School and meet 
records fell as the Governors amassed 117 
points to finish first out of seventeen 
teams, outdistancing the second place 
Hyde team by 44 points. Senior Dan 
Gadzuric led the team scoring by winning 
the shot put with his best put of the year, 
57'5" which set a new meet record as well. 
He also won the discus with a throw of 
160'4" establishing a new meet and school 

record, and won the high jump, setting 
another meet record and tying the GDA 
record at 6'6". Junior Luis Aguirre also 
put in a record setting performance in the 
long jump, winning the event with a jump 
of 22'4", which set a new meet record and 
school record and he placed third in the 
100 meter dash, 11.47 as well. Co-Captain 
Andy Ramirez finished his outstanding 
high school career with victories in the 800 
meter run; 2:01.86 and the 3,000 meter 
run, 9:38.23 and a second place finish in 
the 1500 meter run, 4:19.16. The 4x100 
meter relay team of Luis Aguirre, Steph 
Triendl, Matt Lamson, and Randall Walter 
put in one their best performances of the 
year with a second place finish, 45.82. 
David DiCicco ran his best race of the 
year, placing 4th in both the 1500 meter 
run, 4:25.34 and the 3,000 meter run, 
9:49.63. The surprise performance of the 
day came from freshman, Nate Efinger 
who place second in the 300 meter hur- 
dles, 44.03. Jason Charles earned a 3rd 
place in the pole vault, 9'6", Hrishant 

Dan Gadzuric '98 throws for 
another New England record. 

Goswami placed 4th in the triple jump, 
40'25", Co-Captain Randall Walter placed 
4th in the shot put, 40'10", and Steph 
Triendl grabbed 6th in the 100 meter 
dash, 11.83. The 4 x 400 meter relay team 
of Nate Efinger, Jason Charles, 
John Spector, and Dan Gadzuric 
placed 4th, 3:41.9. 

Missy Green '98, Annie Legault '98, Jocie Mueller '98 and Claire Shearman '98 
celebrate their success. 

The women's track team traveled to 
Mt. Holyoke College on Saturday, 
May 16, to participate in the New 
England Prep School Division II 
Track Championship, finishing second out 
of thirteen schools scoring 85 points. Co- 
Captain Claire Shearman led the scoring, 
capping off her outstanding track career at 

GDA by winning all three distance events. 
She rewrote the record books by setting 
new meet records in the 800 meters, 
2:19.11, 1500 meters, 4:44.4, and 3,000 
meters run, 10:22.7, as well as estab- 
lishing new school records in all three 
events in spite of the 90 degree tempera- 
ture. Co-Captain Jocie Mueller won the 

Place Second 
In Division II 

By Mary Ellen Karin 

shot put with a toss of 32'8.5", her best of 
the year and placed second in the discus, 
91'3". Patricia Nunez took first in the 
discus with her best throw, 95'3.5" and 
3rd in the javelin 87'2" Missy Green placed 
4th in the pole vault, 7'0". Sophomore 
Daria Grayer placed 4th in the 300 hurdles 
with her fastest time this year, 49.56 and 
Hilary St. Jean finished 4th in the 800 
meter run, 2:36.47. The 4 x 400 meter 
relay team of Hilary St. Jean, Lauren 
Bonaventura, Naomi Fink, and Daria 
Grayer ran their fastest time of the season, 
4:31.93, placing fourth. 

The Archon — Fall/Winter 1998-99 9 



and Steps 

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By Kathy Guy, Language Department; 
Advisor, International Students 


If it's "not broken," it usually makes 
perfect sense not to "fix it." Governor 
Dummer is a caring and competent 
school, where overt intolerance is pro- 
hibited. From the respectful behavior mod- 
eled by the Headmaster down to the clauses 
in the handbook outlawing harrassment 
and the more elastic "conduct detrimental 
to the school," proscriptions for behavior at 
least sketch (if not outline clearly) a profile 
of safety whose perimeters theoretically 
embrace all. As members of this commu- 
nity, we all theoretically enjoy equal rights 
to being respected by virtue of our member- 
ship in this community. 

Yet, if our community is not "broken," 
why does our fit within it sometimes chafe? 
Why have our gay alums felt more comfort- 
able these past many years staying at arm's 
length, despite their earned membership in 
our community? Why do some of our stu- 
dents of color seize their sheepskin with a 
sigh of relief NOT at their accomplish- 
ments, but at finally being able to put aside 
their feelings of being isolated, misunder- 
stood, and underappreciated? Why are 
there students who, although they look like, 
sound like, and dress like the majority of 
others, feel that they can never belong? 

The problem, I believe, resides in how 
one defines "broken" in our community; the 
irony is that in an organization such as 
ours, our communal health seems con- 
stantly to be measured by the degree of our 
intactness, by the apparent smoothness of 
our functioning. We seek to create and 
maintain a communal functioning devoid of 
glitches and flaws. 

Imagine, for example, a perfect day on 
campus. Students and faculty alike awake 
in good humor and prepare themselves, 
without rushing, for their academic day. 
They walk calmly to the dining hall, where 
they eat (with time to spare for brushing 
and flossing) before proceeding to morning 
meeting. Neatly at 7:45, the auditorium 
doors close, with all students and faculty 
safely seated within, and a mere ten min- 
utes later, after all announcements have 
been made and assimilated, students and 
faculty head for class. Everyone arrives on 
time with lessons prepared and homework 

thoroughly completed; class discussion is 
livery, engaging, thoroughly instructive and 
reinforcing; and so on, and so on. 

For anyone who has lived through the 
more realistic, daily scenario, the above 
rendition of "morning in utopia" seems 
somewhat farfetched. However, it depicts a 
velvety-smooth functioning not too far 
from what we would envision as "ideal" - 
the perfect morning, when nothing went 
wrong and everything went as well as it 
could; in other words, nothing was broken. 
And the reality is that in many organiza- 
tions, perfection is measured by the yard- 
stick of lack of conflict or aberration. We 
often measure a "good" year here as one 
with minimal instances of discipline having 
to be meted out for infractions of school 
rules. A best-case scenario for final exams 
is an exam period when no one's absence 
resulted in the rescheduling of any makeup 
exam. A smooth transition into and out of 
a vacation period is one when no student 
left early or arrived late. 

It's not that asking for a certain degree 
of conformity in our organization is neces- 
sarily a bad thing. We are, after all, an insti- 
tution for training the best habits possible 
and for demanding both consistency and 
high standards of our students. For me, the 
problem insinuates itself in the assump- 
tions that we wrap into our view of 
"utopia." The first assumption is that 
watching our students fashion themselves 
smoothly into the academic and social mold 

we've designed for them means that we've 
done the best we can for them. The second 
assumption concerns the flip side of har- 
monious conformity and purports that 
quelling outbursts of cruelty aimed at "dif- 

ASSUMPTION #1 : If our students seem 
to function smoothly in our system, we're 
successful. At times I have heard colleagues 
discussing the success of an international 
student by describing the expected acad- 
emic behaviors to which the student has 
successfully conformed. Of course, I 
applaud colleagues' efforts to ease the stu- 
dent into a pattern of behaviors which will 
propel the child into the next stage of acad- 
emic evolution. Yes. We revel in igniting 
students' academic potential and in helping 
chisel their potential for independent acad- 
emic growth. However, to make the 
assumption that a student from a distant 
or unfamiliar culture necessarily enjoys a 
sense of safety as (s)he appears to accul- 
turate to our goals and standards is, to me, 
both a dangerous and an unfair one. More 
than once, we have asked ourselves why 
the student who had shown such "improve- 
ment" - the one we had nurtured so 
heartily as (s)he spent years tiptoeing 
through a cultural minefield to reach grad- 
uation, then made a bad decision or lashed 
out verbally at the eleventh hour. What 
went wrong? We have asked ourselves. 

What went wrong was that we never 
learned to recognize what was broken in 

10 The Archon — Fall/Winter 1998-99 

that child's existence. Maybe for an Asian 
student, "broken" meant that no matter 
what our rules and training, the expecta- 
tions of that child's culture dictate that the 
needs of family and friends must predomi- 
nate. Maybe to another child, lack of recog- 
nition of cultural differences incited a deep- 
seated and potent frustration which had no 
choice but to explode one day. And until we 
are sensitive to and practiced in looking 
beyond the visible, we will never know 
what is festering - in other words, what is 

ASSUMPTION #2: No incidents of 
intergroup cruelty in our community means 
that the individuals within it feel safe. 
Hearing the word "racism," many white 
Americans find themselves besieged with 
images of events, the acts of racism. One 
may immediately envision hooded 
Klansmen storming up a front yard; black 
students, eyes riveted ahead, climbing the 
stairs of a South Boston school amid seers 
from a taunting crowd; the courage of Rosa 
Parks. If racism, for example, is best 
defined and understood through acts of vio- 
lence, then the absence of such violence 
must imply the absence of racism. 

Not so. Racism may more accurately 
be denned as a systematic limiting of access 
- access to power, to opportunity, to status; 
or it may be described as a system calling 
for increased requirements for the attain- 
ment of equal status. So described, we then 
must examine our community to determine 
if, despite superficial calm and under a 
mantel of equity, our system has paved a 
road to success which is inherently and sys- 
tematically harder for certain students, by 
virtue of their race or of some other identi- 
fication of difference. If we content our- 
selves to continue to look for that which is 
"broken" through the lenses of tradition, 
what is truly broken may never be identi- 
fied as such, nor will it be repaired. 

Three years ago, when Headmaster 
Bragdon sanctioned the formation of the 
Sensitivity to Diversity Committee, it was 
not uncommon to hear colleagues com- 
ment, "Why emphasize diversity? I treat 
everyone equally." I understand their 
motives and applaud their intent. At the 
same time, I maintain that if we are to ful- 
fill the goals that we ourselves set as a com- 
munity of educators, of lifelong learners, 
and of neighbors, our only ethical option is 
to proactively seek to identify what may be 
broken from myriad new slants and angles. 

We have begun on that road. 
Encouraged by Headmaster Bragdon, the 
Sensitivity to Diversity Committee 
embarked on a motivated quest to 
encourage an examination of conscience, 
particularly of the faculty; this they did 
through an introductory faculty workshop, 

followed by two more aimed at increasing 
open dialogue and community building. 
Last year, in response to an increasingly 
palpable energy on campus to address 
issues around sexual identity, two work- 
shops helped prepare adults (faculty, 
spouses, and staff) to lead student discus- 
sion groups following a powerful presenta- 
tion by Kevin Jennings, Executive 
Director of GLSTN: Gay-Lesbian-Straight 
Teacher Network. In a way, the process 
paving the way for and surrounding that 
remarkable Diversity Day exemplifies the 
ideal in cultural healing and community 
building: varying community forces — for- 
merly factions — pooled their energies and 
creativity to educate around a vital com- 
munity issue, sexual identity. Supporters 
of the diversity initiative and members of 
Health and Wellness banded together with 
dedicated students, faculty and staff, and 

...until we are 

sensitive to and 

practiced in looking 

beyond the visible, 

we will never 

know what is festering... 

gay alumni/ae to make a powerful state- 
ment of need and pack a powerful proce- 
dural punch. And perhaps most impor- 
tantly, the process culminated in 
launching the Governor Dummer chapter 
of the Gay-Straight Alliance, therefore 
integrating a valuable support system into 
the fabric of community culture. 

The series of events outlined above 
succeeded by virtue of its creating a living 
legacy, the GSA. And self-perpetuation 
should be the goal of any intercultural or 
community repair work. 

We can examine our program and find 
traces of education about and systematized 
support for people from different back- 
grounds. Six years ago, art teacher 
llaSahai Prouty designed an intercultural 
orientation aimed at easing the transition 
into our community of new students of 
color and international students, and the 
program has remained strong and 
respected. The PRIDE and International 
Student groups serve as social and cultural 
support systems, sustaining those popula- 
tions throughout the course of the year. 
This year, the Allies are helping initiate 
the "Welcome Home" program, offering 
short-term emergency housing and care to 

long-distance students at the mercy of 
inconvenient travel plans. Governor 
Dummer has reinstated the ABC Program 
(A Better Chance), a channel for talented 
students of color. Certain pockets of cur- 
riculum discuss the relationship between 
social justice and people "of difference," 
most notably through English and History 
courses dealing with Native American liter- 
ature, the American society, and the 
Holocaust. And finally, as a school united, 
we give ourselves to community service in 
honor of the spirit of Martin Luther King 

Though not yet traditions, both the 
Diversity Panel held on Reunion Day last 
June and attendance by Governor Dummer 
faculty and students at the NAIS People of 
Color Conference this year hold promise as 
future vehicles for promoting communal 
understanding, concern, and respect. Baby 
steps are better than none. However, the 
distance covered will remain short until we 
focus on the strength of our stride; ferreting 
out our needs must determine our course. 

In a survey distributed by the 
Sensitivity to Diversity Committee last 
year, students were asked to rank the 
greatest social and community concerns. 
Included in the list were ableism, ageism, 
classism, hazing, homophobia, rascism, 
sexism, social cliques, and "other." The 
overwhelming offender was homophobia, 
which we are striving to begin to address. 
However, the identification of "social 
cliques" and "hazing" as the students' 
second and third concern presents us with 
an interesting yet troubling set of ques- 
tions. That the majority of our students had 
little awareness of "racism" may come as no 
surprise, since most are of the dominant 
culture (white middle class), and overt inci- 
dents of racism as we tend to define it are 
relatively rare. At the same time, we are 
learning that many of our students suffer 
from a feeling of exclusion. Although gener- 
ally viewing and presenting ourselves as a 
caring community, it would seem that 
something might be "broken." 

My Slovak grandmother liked to say 
that you learn more about people from 
what they don't say. Indeed, while many 
Eastern cultures behold silence as a tan- 
gible entity, as educational, as ripe with 
message and inspiration, we are a national 
culture uncomfortable with silence and 
unused to looking beneath it. Even though 
we don't often hear one student calling 
another "immigrant" or applying other cul- 
tural stereotypes, that divisive mindset now 
and then has its day. Knowing that some- 
thing, somewhere, is indeed in need of 
repair, as moral citizens sharing the same 
community, we have only one choice: first 
to seek it out, and finally, to fix it. I 

The Archon — Fall/Winter 1998-99 11 

History and Tradition 

By Ike Suggs '78 , Admissions; 10th Grade Dean 

The history of tradition at GDA has 
long been of interest to many a his- 
torian. The belief that tradition is 
the handing down of customs and 
beliefs from generation to generation, by 
word of mouth rather than in written 
records, allows for the opportunity 
to express a variety of opinions 
about these traditions, and their 
defining roles in the lives of human 

As one views the following 
paragraphs, it will be important to 
acknowledge that tradition evokes 
both fond and painful memories. 
The acknowledgement of this fact 
can be seen in such traditions as 
hazing. The recipient of hazing 
treatment will not recall this tradi- 
tion as fondly as the executor of 
this act. While this tradition has 
been reviewed and outlawed in this 
country, there are many more tra- 
ditions that fail the sensitivity test, 
and are in similar need of review. 

As the oldest boarding school 
in the United States, GDA has 
amassed its share of traditions that 
evoke fond and painful memories. 
GDA has also established a 
Sensitivity to Diversity Committee 
that seeks to review interactions 
between our community members. 
As a member of this committee, I 
can honestly say that the GDA 
community does not view many of 
its traditions as insensitive to 
others. As an alumnus of this fine 
institution, I wish to state some of 
the traditions that have been 

The tradition of being an all-white 
male boarding school was amended to the 
benefit of this community, as was the tradi- 
tion of being inaccessible to the physically 
impaired. The tradition of being a homo- 
phobic community has been reviewed. 

These efforts have helped this commu- 
nity to become more sensitive and diverse 
as it relates to others. It is my under- 
standing that the hope of the diversity com- 
mittee is to continue to review and amend 
the traditions that are so much a part of 

It is my understanding 
that the hope of the 
diversity committee 

is to continue to review 

and amend the 
traditions that are so 
much a part of GDA. 

GDA. Many members of this community 
are doing this work without knowing its 
full effect on this community. 

The community service program has 
done a great deal of work around inclusion 
through its efforts with outreach and 

Special Olympic programs. The afternoon 
activity program has done its share of 
inclusive work by amending its tradition of 
being primarily athletic. The Fine Arts 
Department has become an integral part of 
the lives of our students because of the 
Square One efforts. The Science 
Department with "Science 2000" 
is a move from the traditions of the 
GDA science classroom. The 
History Department taking on the 
observance of MLK Day is another 
break from tradition. The addition 
of an Intercultural Orientation has 
brought about significant under- 
standing as it relates to sensitivity 
toward diversity. Not all of these 
efforts are viewed as positive 
trends in the direction of sensi- 
tivity to diversity. In fact, I would 
say that most of these efforts are 
hardly noticed at all. 

The intent of this essay is to 
point out the good work that is 
being done in our community. It 
also must be noted that this type of 
work should become a whole part 
of our process of creating a much 
more inclusive community - one 
that respects and celebrates all 
that is good about human kind. It 
is hard to forget that this is the 
same school that had an 
overzealous fan scream out a racial 
slur during a volleyball contest. It 
is hard to forget that a gay 
alumnus/a can still feel unwelcome 
in our community. 

Some traditions at GDA are still 
in need of review. The commitment to 
diversity can be seen as we tackle 
the review of traditions, such as stereotyping 
and homophobia. Diversity is as effective as 
the effort that is put forth in becoming an 
inclusive community. The effort can be seen, 
but it is also clear that a great deal more 
work can and needs to be done. I 

12 The Archon — Fall/Winter 1998-99 

How Governor Bummer's 
Diversity Initiatives Can Succeed 

By Nora Lester 

Nora Lester worked 
for several years as a 
diversity consultant to 
organizations of all 
kinds, including 
Governor Dummer 
Academy. Currently, 
she is in charge of 
diversity and cultural 
competence at Harvard 
Vanguard Medical 

All over the United States, schools 
like Governor Dummer Academy 
are joining the ranks of corpora- 
tions, government agencies and 
nonprofit organizations embarking on 
"diversity initiatives." Many are motivated 
by demographic realities that suggest that 
cultural competence is quickly becoming 
the determining factor in our continued suc- 
cess or our ultimate downfall. 


♦ We are currently in the midst of the 
greatest immigration wave since the early 
1900s when Europeans flooded in. The cur- 
rent population of immigrants is primarily 
Asian and Latin American. 

♦ People of color outnumber white 
people in several major cities, turning 
upside down the meaning of the terms 
"minority" and "majority." 

♦ Baby Boomers are aging, challenging 
the public sector, the health care sector, the 
retail sector and the service sector to serve 
in new, age-appropriate ways. 

♦ Globalization of the U.S. economy 
has increased the need for language and 
cultural skills in order to compete interna- 

♦ Women are firmly established as an 
integral part of the U.S. economy as 
workers and consumers. 

♦ Lesbians, gay men and bisexual 
people are demanding visibility and rights 
by calling for protection and benefits in 
public and private arenas. 

♦ The Americans with Disabilities Act 
continues to bring awareness of and legal 
pressure to bear on the need to ensure 

accessibility to people with disabilities. 

In suburban and rural areas, it is some- 
times difficult to feel the reality of these 
demographic changes. But one needs only 
study or work in a U.S. city to experience 
the multitude of languages and other dif- 
ferences that have, and continue to 
become, an increasingly integral part of the 
fabric of this country. 


Schools today are facing many of the same 
market forces as other organizations. They 
compete for students-both domestic and 
international-arid for the highest quality 
faculty and staff. In the past, students and 
their families may have used academics as 
a sole criteria for selecting a school, but 
more and more they consider the extent to 
which a school is comfortable, supportive of 
who they are, and able to provide them 
with role models to whom they can relate 

There was a time when it was assumed 
that what is "good education" for my kid is 
also good education for yours. But different 
students have different needs and wishes. 
Awareness is quickly spreading that educa- 
tion needs to be responsive to and 
respectful of student's individual and group 
needs. To survive, today's schools must be 
able to teach all students, not just some, to 
the highest standards. 

A school's moral imperative to be 
diverse, inclusive and culturally competent 
is even more obvious than the market 
demands. As society's mechanism for edu- 
cation and socialization, schools shape the 
thinking and behavior of the next genera- 

tion. Residential schools also provide the 
community context within which young 
people develop their self-image, values, and 
dreams. Residential students who don't 
feel safe or a sense of belonging can't go 
home at the end of the day to get validated. 
The costs of not "fitting in" are very high. 

Governor Dummer Academy has made 
statements that one could interpret as 
recognition of the critical role it plays in 
educating for cultural competence. 
Objectives like, to enable students to "lead 
purposeful and productive lives, " and pro- 
moting "leadership, responsibility and 
integrity while recognizing the demands 
and complexities of a modern democracy 
and global interdependence," set high stan- 
dards for education and socialization of the 
school community. Unfortunately, many 
schools don't seem to be doing too great a 
job in terms of diversity. There is still sig- 
nificant disparity between the test scores of 
white children and children of color; 
between the safety of schools in rich areas 
and those in poor areas; between the self- 
esteem of boys and girls; and between the 
suicide rate of straight teenagers and gay 
teenagers. Few schools can say they lack 
the resources to do a good job. Will is the 
issue, not money. 

Some schools are paying attention to 
disenfranchised groups by introducing 
multicultural education, which brings in 
the histories and cultures of "others." This 
is valuable, only if it is a step toward a 
bigger commitment. Changing our institu- 
tions requires that we do more than just 
learn about others, it requires that we 
learn about ourselves. Jonathan Kozol 
writes in Savage Inequalities: Children in 

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♦ • 


Diversity doesn't mean avoiding conflict or eliminating conflict. 

it means learning to work through it. ' 





America's Schools: "Research experts want 
to know what can be done about the values 
of poor segregated children; and this is a 
question that needs asking. But they do not 
ask what can be done about the values of 
the people who have segregated these com- 
munities. There is no academic study of the 
pathological detachment of the very 
rich...." (pp. 193-4). 

Turning the mirror on ourselves, many 
people are quick to acknowledge that being 
poor, speaking with an accent, or living in a 
wheelchair causes unearned and unde- 
served disadvantages in our society. The 
same people have a harder time admitting 
that having money, being white, being 
male, etc. grant unearned and undeserved 

Turning the mirror on ourselves, as a 
diversity initiative should do, will likely 
expose ways that we (all of us) need to 
change. This can hurt-badly. It hurts me 
every time that I become aware of a 
thought or action (or my obviousness to a 
reality) that perpetuates inequality. And 
despite the fact that diversity is my work 
and life's calling, I have this awareness 
everyday. It hurts, but in a way, it hurts 

It is my experience that there is more 
defensiveness and inability to change in 
organizations that are committed to a 
social good - non-profits, health care orga- 

A school's moral 

imperative to be 

diverse, inclusive and 


is even more obvious 

than the market 


nizations, and schools - than in other 
types of institutions. Folks who have dedi- 
cated their lives to doing good just can't 
accept that they may be doing some bad. 

They/we need to begin from the assumption 
that we are imperfect, in fact, flawed. From 
there, information about how we can 
improve is welcome. 


Diversity initiatives look very different in 
different organizations and at different 
times in an organization's life cycle. But 
what all good diversity initiatives do is pro- 
vide a supportive context for organizational 
stakeholders (e.g., students, families, staff, 
faculty, administration, alumni) to do indi- 
vidual and collective work to change the 
organizational culture. 

Unfortunately, despite the many dri- 
ving forces for change, many diversity ini- 
tiatives are failing. In my professional expe- 
rience as a diversity consultant, there are 
six main reasons why: 

1. Leadership Isn't Committed 

By definition, the role of the leadership is to 
stand two steps ahead of staff and to 
inspire, motivate, and demand that others 
work to fulfill organizational objectives. If 
the leadership isn't committed to diversity, 
it can't happen. Leading a diversity effort is 

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How Governor Bummer's Diversity Initiatives Can Succeed 

more than allocating money or delegating a 
point person. Leadership's role is to "walk 
the walk," to demonstrate in actual fact 
that inclusion is a high priority. 
Contributing to an organization's diversity 
work must be an explicit part of everyone's 
job and should be a criteria by which staff 
are evaluated. 

2. Conflict Isn't Tolerated 

Genuine work toward an inclusive 
community (e.g., workplace, school) 
always requires coming to the real- 
ization that "we live in different 
worlds." When space is created for 
people to share their real experi- 
ences, thoughts and feelings, there is 
conflict. Being successful at diversity 
doesn't mean avoiding conflict or 
eliminating conflict, it means 
learning to work through it, not 
once, but over and over again. 
Organizations that can't tolerate 
conflict can't tolerate diversity. 

3. There Isn't Enough Time 

Working toward inclusion takes 
time. It takes time to establish trust, 
develop communication skills, and 
build relationships. Most of this time 
is undervalued because it is "process 
work" and doesn't result in events or 
documents or demonstrable prod- 
ucts. And while time is a precious 
resource, "There isn't enough time" 
usually means that diversity just 
isn't a priority. There is always enough 
time for what's considered important. 

4- People Aren't Willing 
to Share Power 

Too often, "inclusion" is a code word for 
"I'll let you in to my world as long as you 
don't make me uncomfortable or challenge 
my right to control." It sounds harsh to say, 
but in very subtle but powerful ways, 
people in power hold on to it. But being 
inclusive doesn't mean "looking" diverse, it 
means creating a fundamentally new orga- 
nizational culture that all create and all can 
thrive in. Good intentions aren't enough. 

5. Gains are Not Institutionalized 

It is critical that inclusion is institutional- 
ized in systems, policies, procedures and 
norms ("the way we do things here") or 
there is a risk that when a key person 
leaves or the staff composition changes, 
everything will be lost. Common areas to 
consider are admissions and hiring prac- 
tices, orientation, curriculum and perfor- 
mance appraisal. 

6. Everyone Pretends the Emperor 
is Wearing Clothes 

It's common to hear, "Things aren't so bad 
here compared to elsewhere," or "We're 
doing the best we can under the circum- 
stances." These statements come from 
people who benefit from the current 
system. People who don't hurt, and may 
not have close relationships with people 

who are hurting, don't sense the urgency to 
change. It is our collective complacency, our 
individual complicity that is responsible for 
the status quo. Too many of us pretend that 
things are as they should be. They are not 
the ingredients of a successful initiative 
Each one of us is a complex mix of identi- 
ties, with aspects of dominance and aspects 
of non-dominance - all of which shift as we 
move in and out of different contexts. We 
all have important things to learn and 
important things to contribute. Taking per- 
sonal responsibility for change is a key 
ingredient in any successful diversity initia- 

Here are a few ideas about how to begin the 

1. Think 

Think about the way that you think about 
difference and power. I find it powerful to 
keep reminding myself that "My way isn't 
the only way." If I challenge my assump- 
tions and make the effort to grasp others' 
ways, I often find whole new worlds of 

understanding open up to me. 

2. Learn. 

There is a wealth of information "out 
there" about different cultures,inequities in 
the educational system, and the fundamen- 
tally different ways people experience and 
interpret the same things. To get informa- 
tion and insight we don't already have, we 
need to read books that are "the 
kind that I don't usually read" and 
go to places "that I don't usually go 
to." If we don't understand the 
issues, it's because we've chosen not 
to understand. 

3 Be accountable to others. 

One of the hardest, but most impor- 
tant intercultural skills, is being 
able to be wrong. If I see myself as 
accountable to others, I will seek 
and be open to feedback that may 
judge me negatively. The challenge 
is to recognize others' right to help 
name the criteria by which we are 
judged. (And, of course, to accept 
myself with all my imperfections.) 

4. Take risks. 

Change is risky. No one has yet cre- 
ated the perfect, diverse, inclusive, 
culturally competent organization 
or community. Therefore, there is 
no blueprint. The path is unpaved 
and sewn with rocks, and perhaps 
even land mines. Risk-taking 
requires commitment, courage, and 
endurance. Like with most high-risk pro- 
jects, the payoff is very, very valuable. 
However, working alone is never enough, 
and is very difficult to sustain. 

In fact, one reason why even well-inten- 
tioned organizations have difficulty 
attracting and retaining people of color, 
immigrants, lesbians and gay men, and 
people with disabilities is that the organiza- 
tion relies on these individuals to do work 
that has to be done collectively and then 
institutionalized as a new standard. The 
task of becoming more diverse, inclusive 
and culturally competent is simply not one 
that any one person can do alone-even if 
they have authority and a budget! It is a col- 
laborative endeavor. Working together is 
not only a means to success, it is also the 
opportunity to do our work. All diversity 
work starts "at home" meaning that our 
ability to market to, teach, support, 
fundraise from, and communicate with 
people different from ourselves is a direct 
function of the way we interact among our- 
selves. I 

The Archon — Fall /Winter 1998-99 15 

An Administrator's View 

By John Peterman P'Ol 

As the father of a GDA student and 
as a participant in independent 
school diversity efforts for the past 
20 years, I wholeheartedly support 
and applaud Governor Dummer's initia- 
tives to become a more multiculturally 
aware institution. The oldest boarding 
school in the country, Governor Dummer 
has an opportunity and, I believe, a respon- 
sibility to set the standard for similar 
schools in New England. The founders of 
this great Academy were also the founders 
of our country and it is because of this envi- 
ably rich legacy that Governor Dummer is 
uniquely positioned to cham- 
pion the themes of equity and 
justice as we enter the next 

Unfortunately, saying it 
doesn't necessarily make it so. 
Most independent schools in 
our country talk openly in favor 
of diversity (quantitatively mea- 
sured) and multiculturalism 
(qualitatively measured). Some 
schools employ these terms in 
their mission statement, but 
the sad fact remains for all 
too many students of color, 
teachers of color, gays and les- 
bians, our schools can be lonely 
and sometimes hostile homes. 
The research is well docu- 
mented by the voices of these 
teachers and students who, 
after leaving our schools, feel safe to speak 
up. Most of the students give their alma 
maters high marks for the academic prepa- 
ration received, yet this positive experience 
is often mitigated by the exclusion and prej- 
udice which often became a part of their 
everyday lives. 

All independent schools are filled with 
teachers and administrators who care 
deeply about students. These folks are often 
angered and hurt by comments from gradu- 
ates who return to tell of their years of lone- 

liness and isolation. The teachers are con- 
fused by what they hear and what they 
remember as happy, well-adjusted school 
leaders. Oftentimes the best intentions of 
our school and those who work there are 
not enough to overcome the legacy of exclu- 
sivity, which most all independent schools 
share. It is a fact that the very nature tra- 
ditions, history, and design of independent 
schools work naturally and systematically 
in opposition to diversity and multicultur- 
alism. For many years our schools mirrored 
the country's commitment to segregation 
and then to the melting pot theory of 

Governor Dummer is 

uniquely positioned 

to champion the themes 

of equity and justice 

as we enter the 

next miilennium. 

assimilation. For Governor Dummer, as for 
most schools, the assimilation to the 
school's monocultural society began for 
girls and students of color less than 20 
years ago. 

Most independent schools in New 
England were founded as exclusive institu- 
tions. They excluded everyone except for 
white males. Many of the traditions which 
surrounded the education of these young 
men are still evident in our schools today. 
Some of those traditions preserve the all- 

important identity and exist as barriers to 
an equal and just education for students of 
color, gay and lesbian students, as well as 
female students. 

The design of our schools can also 
work against inclusion. The non-profit 
status of NAIS schools usually requires 
that our schools raise money in order to pay 
for the education not covered by tuition as 
well as to help fund new facilities, financial 
aid, and faculty professional growth. Major 
donors for many schools are often grateful 
alumni who often remember fondly the 
school, as they knew it years ago. 
Sometimes diversity efforts are 
perceived to pose a threat to 
schools of old and as a result, 
Board members and school 
heads are sometimes reluctant 
to embark into uncharted diver- 
sity waters if the possible result 
means lower fundraising capa- 
bility. Several school heads have 
told me that they have no inten- 
tion of exploring diversity in the 
face of a capital campaign. 

Most teachers, frustrated 
with the slow pace of change 
toward a more inclusive multi- 
cultural curriculum, point to 
the departmentalized organiza- 
tional system found in most sec- 
ondary schools as the cause. 
Driven by undergraduate 
admissions competition, our 
English, science, math, history, and lan- 
guage departments feel increased pressure 
to teach traditional content in straightfor- 
ward lecture formats which will, they 
believe, better prepare students for 
advanced placement tests. Peter Relic, 
President of NAIS, recently called for 
schools to reinvent themselves and reorga- 
nize across departmental lines so that true 
integration of subject material could be 
realized. Dr. Relic recognizes this as a very 
important first step in creating a multicul- 

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tural curriculum that is a curriculum which 
speaks about and for all students. 

In spite of these forces which quite 
naturally and often unintentionally work 
against diversity efforts, independent 
schools offer other qualities which can 
create favorable conditions for diversity ini- 
tiatives. The most important of these is, of 
course, independence itself. Any NAIS 
school can choose to become multicultural 
as easily as not. There are no government 
regulations of endless bureaucratic red tape 
which prevent independent schools from 
charting their own course. Many new 
schools are founded and created every year, 
each with the potential for highly specific 
and unique missions. 

The teachers I have known in inde- 
pendent schools over the last 23 years are 
extremely dedicated, hard-working, and 
loving professionals. They have chosen 
independent schools as their workplace 
because of the difference they can make in 
the lives of our children, the future leaders 
of our 21st-century world. In what better 
climate could we expect and demand a bias- 
free education? 

And finally, our schools have incred- 
ible resources to offer students and 

teachers who are committed to equity and 
justice. Even though fundraising for diver- 
sity may be difficult in some institutions, 
incredible generosity has made the differ- 

Diverse and 

multicultural schools 

evolve slowly, 

creating a mix 

of anxiety, relief, 

fear, and joy 

along the way. 

ence in the future of many students. 
Millions of dollars are invested every year 
in scholarships and financial aid for our 
students. Scores of our schools send hun- 

dreds of teachers, administrators, and 
Board members to the NAIS Summer 
Diversity Institute GLSEN workshops and 
the annual People of Color Conference. 
Diversity Coordinators now exist in inde- 
pendent schools. The number of faculty and 
students of color in independent schools is 
at an all-time high. Gay and lesbian 
teachers and students are coming out in our 
schools every day. Now, more than ever 
before, we need to support all efforts which 
work toward creating bias-free, safe schools 
for each other. 

The work ahead for Governor 
Dummer, as for all schools, will not be easy. 
Those with traditional power, white 
straight males, have the greatest responsi- 
bility to ensure the well-being of those to 
whom we opened our doors a quarter cen- 
tury ago. Diverse and multicultural schools 
evolve slowly creating a mix of anxiety, 
relief, fear, and joy along the way. The work 
is always in progress - as our destination is 
a journey. I 

John Peterman is the Headmaster of the 
Brookwood School. He lives in Beverly Farms 
with his son, Gus '01, daughter, Annie, and 
wife, Pat (GDA Director of Development). 

The Archon — Fall/Winter 1998-99 17 

Past, Present & Future 

A special panel discussion entitled "Diversity at GDA: Past, Present & Future" convened 

during GDA's Reunion Weekend 1998. The well-attended session was led by John Peterman P'01, 

who serves on the NAIS Board of Diversity and is Headmaster at the Brookwood School. 

Panelists included GDA faculty member Ike Suggs '78, Assistant Headmaster Ed Young '73, 
Peggy Gage P'75, '78, '86, Jackie Downing '98, Sofia Mahari 92, Andy Ramirez '98, and Brian 
Pfeiffer '69. Opinions and feelings were expressed about being a student of color, a parent of a 
gay student, or other minorities within the Governor Dummer community. Comments from two of 
the panelists follow. 

By Brian Pfeiffer '69 

Speaking purely from my perspective, 
the genesis of the panel was the day- 
long session on gay issues held at 
GDA by Kevin Jennings. Having par- 
ticipated in the day, I was struck that the 
students were far better prepared to discuss 
and accept this topic than I would ever have 
imagined. In many cases they were well 
ahead of faculty and other adults in under- 
standing and accepting the issue. As one 
would expect (or at least as I would expect), 
girls were more at ease in discussing the 
issue than were boys. Gay graduates were 
very interested in the outcome of the day 
and began to wonder if GDA would begin to 
involve other graduates in learning to 
understand and accept gay graduates and 
students. In discussing the format of such a 
panel with Peter Bragdon and Betsy 
Winder, we agreed that a panel on gay 
issues alone would be too narrow and would 
leave out other important groups. I imag- 
ined the goal of the panel would be to 
inform and educate alumni/ae about the 
perceptions of minority groups and individ- 
uals with whom they were acquainted but 
may not have fully known while at GDA. I 
did not appreciate the degree to which the 
panel would be therapeutic for the panelists. 
Perhaps the most striking thing about 
the panel was the degree to which its mem- 
bers experienced a sense of isolation and 
loneliness at GDA regardless of the 
minority to which they belonged. Graduates 

of color assumed that I (as a WASP male) 
would have felt more connected to the 
mainstream of the school; one faculty 
member with whom I studied told me that 
he had always assumed that I came from an 
upper middle class background that fit the 
general pattern for private school students. 

Shouldn't GDA interest 

itself in all aspects 

of its students' 

development, seeking to 

eliminate as many obstacles 

to happiness and learning 

as possible? 

Having spent my time at GDA desperately 
fearing that I would be "found out" both to 
be gay and to be a scholarship student from 
less well-off circumstances, I was very sur- 
prised by the success of my adolescent 
acting by which I had developed a social 

manner that others believed. At the same 
time, I felt a sense of relief at revealing my 
real self at GDA. Although nearly thirty 
years have passed since I was a student and 
my contact with the school is only occa- 
sional, it plays an important role in my life. 
It provided me with an education that 
defines my outlook on the world. At the 
same time it provided me with a refuge 
from a difficult family situation and from 
local schools in which academic achieve- 
ment (which interested me) was not 
valued. So, in visiting GDA as an adult, I 
had a continuing feeling of not being gen- 
uinely myself, and I feared that the only 
way to remain an accepted part of the com- 
munity was to conceal those aspects of 
myself that did not fit the unspoken social 
expectations. Participation in the panel 
and the reactions of fellow alumni/ae 
helped to lift this feeling of separateness. 
From the reactions of other panelists, I 
gather they felt similarly. 

On striking element of the panel was 
the number of former class presidents and 
students of high accomplishment that it 
contained. One member of the audience 
commented that this circumstance showed 
that we had all overcome the obstacles we 
feared and seemed to imply that we may 
have been stimulated to achieve by these 
obstacles. This comment disturbed me. It 
was delivered with a complimentary and 
optimistic intent, but it also carries a bit of 

18 The Archon — Fall/Winter 1998-99 

a sting. One could wonder if members of 
the panel might have achieved more had 
they not felt loneliness and anxiety about 
themselves at GDA. At a more funda- 
mental level, I question the value of 
achievement at the expense of emotional 
well-being; we only have the moments in 
which we live and our emotional state 
colors everything we do. I remember 
studying Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics 
with Mr. Murphy in English at GDA; the 
phrase, "Happiness is the greatest good," 
jumped out at me then and remains with 
me now. In a more reasoned answer, I 
would now say that the members of the 
panel were those who had the luck and 
resilience to turn difficulty into growth. 
What happens to the students who do not 
have the luck or capacity to make such a 
transformation? Shouldn't GDA interest 
itself in all aspects of its students' develop- 
ment, seeking to eliminate as many obsta- 
cles to happiness and learning as possible? 
This goal seems to me to be the purpose of 
seeking, accepting and enjoying the diver- 
sity that already exists within the GDA 
community. I 

By Peg Gage P'75, '78, '86 

I was asked to participate last June in a 
Diversity Panel that was put together 
at the Alumni Weekend. My name is 
Peg Gage, and my daughter Susan Gage 
graduated from the Academy in 1986. 1 was 
asked to participate because my daughter is 
a lesbian, living in Tallahassee, Florida. She 
is currently employed at Florida Public 
Radio and has been a radio news reporter 

/ think the school must 
do a great deal better. 

since she graduated from the University of 
Missouri Journalism in 1990. 

I was privileged to be on the panel with 
a student who had started the GSA (Gay- 
Straight Alliance), a former student and a 
gay man, two African-Americans, and a 
Latino student. I heard how similar their 
feelings of displacement at GDA were to 
those of my daughter. All these wonderful 
people, as well as my daughter Sue, never 
felt like an integral part of the school com- 
munity while attending the Academy. I 
think the school must do a great deal 
better. I 

Governor Dummer Academy's 

Gay-Straight Alliance 

By Genevieve Reynolds '00 

This year, the Gay-Straight Alliance plans to continue to promote 
awareness of gay issues within the Governor Dummer community. 
The group is planning chapel speeches to address the entire 
community and is attempting to sponsor activities with the 
Gay-Straight Alliances of other ISL schools. 

The Governor Dummer Academy 
Gay-Straight Alliance is now 
moving into its second year. The 
group, founded last year in response to 
increased concern among members of the 
Governor Dummer community, exists to 
foster awareness of homosexuality and 
the issues surrounding it on the 
Governor Dummer campus. 

Despite being the last school in the 
ISL to form a gay-straight alliance, 
progress for the organization has been 
remarkably fast. The association plans to 
use this, its second year in existence, to 
continue to promote awareness in the 
Governor Dummer community. 

The founding of the Alliance came 
shortly after a speech to the students last 
year by Kevin Jennings, a gay-rights 
leader and former teacher at Concord 
Academy. This speech, along with the 
small discussion groups held after it to 
help students openly talk about some of 
the issues surrounding homosexuality, 
was a huge leap forward. After the small 
group discussions, Jennings met with 
members of the community interested in 
further work toward gay rights and 
stayed for dinner with student leaders. 
Mr. Jennings' visit was instrumental in 
the formation of GDA's Gay-Straight 

Last year's president and group 
dynamo, Jackie Downing '98, brought 
the Gay-Straight Alliance together 
shortly after Mr. Jennings' visit. The 
GSA was active in the community, spon- 
soring a bulletin board in the library with 
information on gay issues and partici- 
pating in the Gay-Straight Youth Pride 
March in Boston last May. 

This year, the Gay-Straight Alliance 
plans to continue to promote awareness 
of gay issues within the Governor 
Dummer community. The group is plan- 
ning chapel speeches to address the 
entire community and is attempting to 
sponsor activities with the Gay-Straight 
Alliances of other ISL schools. The group 
also plans to participate in the annual 
Youth Pride March for its second year. 

The current attitude towards gays 
and lesbians on the GDA campus is far 
more tolerant than it was at this time last 
year, yet there is still more work for this 
group of dedicated individuals, led by Pat 
Carey '99. 

The improvement in the attitude 
towards gays and lesbians in the Governor 
Dummer community has been nothing 
short of miraculous. However, the Gay- 
Straight Alliance will continue its mission 
to distribute information and speak to the 
issues surrounding gays and lesbians. I 

The Archon — Fall/Winter 1998-99 19 

Diversity and Creativity 

By Lloyd Hamovit 

The role of the arts in education is 
generally considered essential to the 
diversity of educational communi- 
ties like GDA. The diversity of a stu- 
dent body is often linked to the various cre- 
ative endeavors within a school's commu- 
nity. These experiences are seen as 
enriching our educational experiences. 
Various expressions by individuals and 
groups in artistic activities are often seen as 
unique examples of creativity germane only 
to those involved in the arts, while being 
entertainment to those in attendance. But 
can the arts as cognitive activity actually be 
a key link in the educational vitality and 
diversity of educational institutions? At 
GDA the rich and diverse community 
embraces the arts in various programs like 
the humanities, theater, fine arts, and 
music. The educational life of our school 
community is enhanced by the consistent 
exposure to Arts. The diverse possibilities of 
the world and the ability to interact cre- 
atively with the myriad possibilities in it are 
augmented by our student's exposure to the 

Stimulating the mind into creativity is 
not the sole domain of the arts. As interest 
in educational diversity increases, an 
expanded view of the cognitive connection 
to creativity should be considered. To our 

20 The Archon — Fall/Winter 1998-99 

modern society education is the lifeblood of 
our culture in many respects. The eco- 
nomic and technological advancement of 
our society can be linked to the unique and 
creative insights of individual thinkers. 
Whether you consider the contributions of 
Thomas Edison, Martha Graham, Albert 
Einstein, Picasso, or Bill Gates, there are 
diverse and creative individuals who have 
brought unique solutions to the problems 
of their day that have advanced our cul- 
ture. Will the next great artist, entrepre- 
neur, or inventor rise from the GDA 
alumni/ae? The preparation our students 
receive may be the key. Maybe a wider view 
of creativity is required. By showing stu- 
dents how to take the knowledge they accu- 
mulate and master throughout the cur- 
riculum and recombining it into new ways 
of viewing their world diversity and cre- 
ativity in our school community is 
enhanced. In short, teach the whole stu- 
dent to have a whole worldview. By taking 
their accumulated knowledge and experi- 
ences and recombining them into new solu- 
tions to unknown questions of the future 
the domains of human understanding are 
expanded through discovery and invention. 
This is the heart of creativity and diversity. 
These activities may be more visible in the 
arts, but are essential to the advancement 

of our culture through education. 

As Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, a pro- 
fessor of psychology at the University of 
Chicago, notes in his recent book, 
Creativity, Albert Einstein once wrote that 
art and science are two of the greatest 
forms of escape that humans have devised. 
In a sense he was right; great art and sci- 
ence involve a leap of imagination into a 
world that is different from the present. 
The whole point of art and science is to go 
beyond what we now consider real, to 
create a new reality. 1 For the students at 
GDA entering the 21st century many of the 
careers and opportunities of the future 
have not been invented yet. Preparing stu- 
dents for the diverse possibilities of the 
future, to be creative and "out of the box" 
thinkers, has always been part of the edu- 
cational philosophy, including the Square 
One Mastery Program here at GDA. 

Where does the energy and the under- 
standing of the world come from to initiate 
new, unique, and even creative solutions to 
these as yet unknown futures? Knowledge 
must be brought to bear from a variety of 
disciplines. The arts and their link to cre- 
ative problem solving may be the tie that 
connects the mastery of traditional acad- 
emic disciplines to unique approaches to 
our world in the future. Why do gifted 

teachers seem to cultivate an almost 
artistic approach and sensibility in their 
students to the subject at hand? These were 
the types of questions which led to the for- 
mation of a unique and ground-breaking 
educational research project at the Harvard 
Graduate School of Education. Initiated by 
the aesthetic philosopher Nelson Good- 
man, who helped show that the imbalance 
of educational funding in the math and sci- 
ences needed to be offset with some 
research into the nature of education in the 
arts and humanities. The studies have con- 
tinued over the last thirty years. And since 
they were starting at ground zero, the 
name stuck, Project Zero. These lines of 
inquiry have led to fundamental explo- 
rations into the issues of cognitive develop- 
ment and education using the arts in edu- 
cation as a vehicle for this search.2 

Through this empirical research at 
Harvard's Project Zero, into the nature of 
artistic activity and cognitive development 
in children, some groundbreaking ideas 
have developed in the areas of intelligence, 
creativity, and culture. Without putting 
too fine an academic point on this, much of 
educational reform and assessment prac- 
tices of today can be linked to the work at 
Project Zero. On the cutting edge of educa- 
tional philosophy these days is the work of 
Project Zero's Howard Gardner and his 
theory of multiple intelligence. Briefly out- 
lined, Professor Gardner has brought a 

By taking 

accumulated knowledge 

and experiences and 

recombining them into 

new solutions to unknown 

questions of the future, 

the domains of human 

understanding are 

expanded through 

discovery and invention. 

broader definition to the nature of intelli- 
gence and a new lens to view educational 

Traditional educational pedagogy mea- 
sured intelligence on verbal and analytic 
abilities, while Howard Gardner and his 
colleagues have opened the door to under- 
standing that each child uniquely 
embraces the world though a variety of 
mental functions. Each child has its own 
diverse mental strengths and weakness. 
Not just literal or analytical, but spatial, 
linguistic, kinesthetic, musical, logical 

mathematical, inter- and intra-personal 
intellegences.3 Eight multiple and inter- 
relating intelligences have been empirically 
defined. There are none that are exclusive 
of the others, and expertise in a domain of 
knowledge is an accumulation of skills and 
cognitive abilities from across these various 
intelligences. For example, in an artistic 
domain, such as dance, the areas of spatial 
and body kinesthetic intelligence would 
seem appropriate to develop a mastery of 
the skills and knowledge for the activity, 
but not the only ones that are necessary. In 
our students it is the unique combination of 
knowledge in a variety of intelligences, and 
the ability to apply them that are required 
to reach any potential proficiency that 
would be considered mastery or even cre- 
ativity. In short, each student brings her 
own unique diversity of knowledge and 
skills to the tasks at hand, present or 

As each student becomes his own uni- 
verse of diverse possibilities, in this frame- 
work of multiple intelligence, the diversity 
of the school community also expands. 
Which also means that each student will 
bring her own unique set of learning skills 
to the educational equation and master the 
subject at hand through individual dialogue 
with subjects. This is a challenge to tradi- 
tional ways of approaching the mastery of 
subjects by students and teachers. In 
preparing students for the possible 
unknown challenges of the future, the 
unique characteristics of students and sub- 
jects need to be considered. The teachers at 
GDA do a wonderful job of helping students 
to frame this individualized educational 
view. In allowing students to reflect on 
their own abilities and finding their 
strengths within the curriculum, a wide 
range of understanding, diversity, and cre- 
ativity can be achieved in such a dynamic 
school community like GDA. I 


1. Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly (1997) Creativity; 
Flow and the psychology of Discovery and 
Invention. Harper Row: New York 

2. Gardner, Howard and Perkins, David (1994) 
The Mark of Zero; Harvard Project Zero. 
Education: Harvard Graduate School of 
Education Alumni Bulletin. Pp. 286-300 

3. Gardner, Howard (1993) Creating Minds. 
Basic Books: New York 

Lloyd Hamovit is currently a special member of 
the GDA faculty. He lives on campus with his 
wife, a member of the English faculty, Maud 
Smith Hamovit, and two children, Rory and 
Nora, in the Nanny B. Phillips dorm. Lloyd is 
finishing his final year at the Harvard Graduate 
School of Education, where he is working on his 
Ed M. in the new degree area of the Arts in 

The Archon — Fall/Winter 1998-99 21 

But what are the questions ? 

Diversity of Opinion: Religion 

By Christopher Stowens, Fine Arts Department Head 

Just before she died, Gertrude Stein 
asked, "What is the answer?" No 
answer came. She laughed and said, 
"In that case, what is the question?" 
Then she died. 

We at the Academy continue to ask, 
"What is the question?" As we write the 
third century of history of this institution, 
the fundamental questions remain the 
same, as do the answers. It is 
the context in which they are 
asked and they are answered 
that changes. What were the 
questions that vexed the stu- 
dents at Governor Dummer in 
the 1850's? The Roaring 20's? 
The Fifties? The Sixties? Right 
into the Nineties? The ques- 
tions: What do you know? 
What do you believe? How does 
the individual interact with the 
institution? Where did I come 
from? Where am I going? Why 

As the old Chinese master, 
Chao-Chou said, "If I meet a 
hundred-year man and I have 
something to teach him, I will 
teach; if I meet an eight-year- 
old boy and he has something to 
teach me, I will learn.' The 
boundaries of the teacher/stu- 
dent relationship are not easily 
discernable. The good and wise 
teacher learns as much from 
students as from mentors. After sharing 
life and death with students for so many 
years, the truth be known, each remains 
wonderfully and profoundly unique. To sit 
and listen to them is to partake in one of the 
constant joys in the Academy - the discus- 
sion of thoughts and beliefs, both personal 
and about the institution itself. Whether it 
was Mac Murphy and his charges, or Dave 
Williams with his, Dick Leavitt or Johanna 
Grugeon, Ed Rybicki, or Dudley Cleghorn, 
each has shared with their students the give 

and take about the important things: life 
and death and everything in between. We 
live together with our students. Their edu- 
cation is not only one-way. It is a two-way 
street. Ever the teacher, ever the student. 
The lines become blurred. Just as we are 
an integral part of their education, so are 
they all a part of our continuing education. 
The life of the teacher is filled with intangi- 

bles. Our students and we share experi- 
ences inside and out of the classroom, and 
they are on many levels. 

And so it was when I gathered in my 
office in the rear of the chapel Jamie 
Gilberg '00, Pawan Deshpande '02, Joel 
Masinter '01, and Cait Mcintosh '01, to 
discuss the nature of religion in the life at 
Governor Dummer Academy. 

Jamie spoke up first, "Coming from an 
all-Jewish school to GDA was different. I 
came to Governor Dummer knowing that I 

did not get the High Holy days off and I was 
coming from a school that had the most 
minute holiday off, but this was my choice. 
It was the right choice, but I was surprised 
that people were ignorant of the Jewish 
faith. Some people didn't even know what 
matzo ball soup was." 

"I know what you mean, people think 
that I am part of a cult," says Cait, a 
Seventh Day Adventist. "We 
are not a cult, it is just in New 
England there are not many 
Seventh Day Adventists, but if 
you go out to Michigan, there is 
a huge congregation and 
Andrews University. My uncle 
is a preacher and my extended 
family is quite religious. What 
make us different is that in 
other religions they believe that 
when you die you go straight to 
Heaven or Hell or stay in 
Purgatory, but we believe that 
Jesus comes again and everyone 
goes up together. 


She laughs, "Into the ground 
and your soul waits. In my reli- 
gion we believe that the 
Sabbath was originally Satur- 
day. I looked at Middlesex and 
several other schools, but they 
had classes on Saturdays and 
that was a big problem. For me as a 
Seventh day Adventist, Governor Dummer 
Academy allowed me to still go to church, 
sometimes. I go to church whenever I can." 
"Well, I don't go very much at all", said 
Pawan, a Hindu. "My family celebrates the 
New Year and some Holy days, but religion 
plays no part in my educational life. I do 
not think that religion should be a part of 
our education here. I am tolerant of 
everyone. It just does not matter that much 
to me. We don't believe in the Heaven and 

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Hell thing, we believe in reincarnation. 

"I don't think that is fair to generalize 
religions," interjects Jamie. You can't leave 
religion out of our education because it is a 
part of us, but it should not be forced on us, 
it should be an option." 

Cait responds, "I am personally igno- 
rant of most religions except my own. I 
don't know what religion most people here 
are, but I do know what religion my friends 
are, but it doesn't enter into the academic 
aspect of my life here. Personally, I would 
like to learn what different people believe." 

Jamie adds, "It would be nice to have a 
senior elective course in world religions. I 
also think that all the religions should at 
least be represented in the chapel." At this 
point she becomes adamant, "It is a place 
where we come every Wednesday to think 
about things, sometimes religious. And I 
think that all faiths should be represented. 
It is like the flags in the dining hall, 
everyone should have something that they 
can relate to." 

Joel answers, "I don't mind that there 
is not a menorah or a Star of David. My 
Dad said to be a good Jew, you don't need 
to go to services every Saturday morning, 
you have to be a good person and treat 
others well. I think that that is one of the 
best messages of my faith. I respect other 
people's religions. Since I live so far away, 
(West Virginia) it is hard for me to get 
away, especially during the week. Last year 
I went to the home of friends of my parents 
to celebrate the Yom Kippur weekend, but 

this year, even though the school ran vans 
to temple, I didn't do anything, because 
they were both during the week. 

"It is not getting up and going to 
temple, it is what is in your heart," says 
Jamie. "To everyone else it may be dif- 
ferent. Some days, I go to temple and it 

Each has shared 

with their students 

the give and take 

about the important 

things — life and death 

and everything 

in between. 

doesn't mean anything to me, and some- 
times I will be sitting in my room, alone, 
and my religion will happen." 

"That's true," Cait chimes in, 
"Religion is individual and private, but 
suppose you had a religious holiday that 
you wanted to go off and celebrate and you 
had to miss school? Sometimes I don't 
think it's fair because we get Christmas off 

and other religions do not get their holy 
days off." 

With a wry smile, Pawan says, "There 
are a great many Hindi holy days. I like this 
idea." He then proceeded to tell a short 
parable from his faith, "There was this king 
who had two sons, who, in turn, had chil- 
dren. These children were the heirs to the 
throne. When the oldest son died, followed 
by the old king, the children of the younger 
son became the kings and they were bad 
kings, cruel and evil. This was an injustice 
to the rightful heirs of the oldest son and so 
there was a war and Vishnu came in the 
form of a human and sided with the older 
son's children. They told Vishnu that they 
did not want to kill their cousins. Vishnu 
told them that sometimes it may be 
unpleasant, but you must always do your 
duty and sometimes Good must be ruthless 
over Evil. 


"Oh, they killed them. Remember, we don't 
believe in the Heaven and Hell thing. We 
believe in reincarnation." 

This particular incarnation of Mr. 
Chips, struck by the depth and diversity of 
their perspectives and beliefs, recalls the 
ancient Asian proverb: "A person who 
doesn't know, but knows that he doesn't 
know is a student; teach them. A person 
who knows, but who doesn't know that she 
knows is asleep; awaken them. But a 
person who knows, and knows he knows, is 
wise; follow them." I 

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Being Myself Perfectly 

By Yuki Tsubomatsu '98 

Anxiety, concern, agitation and 
hopelessness. Never had I pre- 
dicted nor experienced such feel- 
ings until I arrived at the bus sta- 
tion in Newburyport on September 8, 1995. 
A simple goal that I would be a fluent 
English speaker and a successful scholar in 
the States was established far before I 
decided to go to an American high school. I 
did not have an ability to speak English and 
to get good grades or attain a specific goal in 
a certain study. All I had was a 
simple desire to enjoy my life in a 
new environment, perfecting 
what I really want to do in the 

Starting from nothing was 
such a difficult task for me. It 
was the first time for me to be 
apart from my parents, and I was 
in a foreign country. Although I 
wanted to go home because of 
homesickness, there was no way 
that I could do so. I was very 
hopeless - so hopeless that I 
called my home in Japan many 
times. In addition to such desper- 
ation. I was also fighting the lan- 
guage problem and cultural 
adjustment. While I thought that 
it was a great idea to at least pre- 
tend to be American when I 
spoke English, I was afraid of 
making a mistake. Often I found 
myself to be hesitant to speak out 
to people and let them know that 
I really wanted to be involved 
into the GDA community. Also, I found out 
that I had a tendency to stay in my room 
where I could feel comfortable and secure 
from the difficulties of cultural shocks. I 
remember that after I went to an English 
class for the first time at GDA, I went back 
to my room and cried like a baby because I 
could not stand such isolation in the class- 
room. Everything went wrong in the first 

couple months. 

Frustration and tension had accumu- 
lated day by day and week by week, and 
one night it exploded. I punched the door of 
my room several times and broke it. My 
hand started to bleed and I realized that 
the bone in my hand had a small crack in it. 
Mr. Liske, who was on duty for my dorm 
that night, helped me stop the bleeding and 
talked to me to ease my frustration. He 
asked me why I put so much pressure on 

'Do not wish 

to be anything 

but what you are, 

and try to be 

that perfectly. 

myself when I spoke English. I explained to 
him that I do not want to be embarrassed 
by making mistakes. Then he laughed and 
said, "Why would you pretend to be as 
fluent as an American? You're Japanese. 
Why do you expect so much from yourself?" 
A couple hours later I opened a book 
my mother gave me before I came to the 
States. Whether it was a coincidence or not, 

I found a striking sentence of wisdom in 
this book. "Do not wish to be anything but 
what you are, and try to be that perfectly." 
After I read this sentence, it became 
clear to me that the whole idea of pre- 
tending to be like an American was totally 
wrong. With a strong Japanese accent, it 
was almost impossible for me to speak like 
an American. Practicing English with per- 
fect pronunciation was actually the 
quickest way to be fluent in English, but it 
also added lots of pressure on me. 
There was no need for me to be in 
such a hurry, and I decided to just 
be myself and not to be afraid of 
making mistakes. 

I just mentioned that there was 
no need to hurry... Well, it was 
right for some part, but wrong for 
another part. By the time I 
became confident about my 
English, I only had two years left 
at GDA This was the time I also 
became very serious about music. 
In my sophomore year I played 
quite a bit of piano and keyboard 
in the Jazz Band and the 
Orchestra. I put lots of my energy 
into playing the piano, but I real- 
ized that if I devoted so much of 
my time into practicing the piano 
then my life at GDA would be very 
boring. At the same time, I was 
very attracted to the sound of the 
guitar in the Jazz Band. When 
Kenichi Mizutani, '96, a senior 
from Japan, played blues rock on 
his guitar in a few of the music concerts, I 
came up with a simple desire that I wanted 
to be able to play an impressive solo like he 
did. This desire helped me to make a deci- 
sion of giving up the piano and putting all 
my energy into a new instrument for the 
rest of my time at GDA. I bought an expen- 
sive Gibson Les Paul model electric guitar 
without my parents' permission. Many 

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Randall Walter '98 and Yuki 

people, including my parents, told me that 
my decision was reckless and inhuman, but 
I thought that it was the right decision 
because I knew that my parents would say 
"no" if I told them that I wanted to start a 
new instrument and buy a good guitar. I 
really trusted my intuition that I would be 
able to make my high school life much 
better if I concentrate on what I really 
wanted to play. 

In my junior year, I practiced guitar a 
few hours every day. I did not 
want lessons from anyone for 
three reasons. Self-discipline: I 
had a strong belief that guitar 
was a perfect opportunity to edu- 
cate myself. By setting certain 
goals, I could establish self-disci- 
pline and enjoy a feeling of 
progress. Freedom: I was quite 
positive that lessons would limit 
my progress in guitar. Since I 
wanted to play whatever and 
whenever I wanted to play, I iso- 
lated myself from other people's 
perspective about music. 
Expense: I had already paid a lot 
of money on the guitar, so there 
was no way I would spend more 
on lessons. I did not learn from 
the basic techniques. Instead I 
tried to learn to play an entire 

To be able to play at the con- 
certs, I needed to concentrate on 
playing songs and solos, espe- 
cially since I only had two years 
left at GDA. It was hard not knowing any- 
thing about the guitar, but I truly enjoyed 
being able to play a variety of songs. I had 
practiced so much that I often ate and slept 

Six months after I started to play the 
guitar, I was given the first opportunity to 
play at a music concert. Although I played 
the first solo on keyboard earlier that year, 

I considered this to be my debut in GDA's 
music concert. With great help from Chris 
Prendergast '98, I played one of Eric 
Clapton's pieces called, "Signe," which I 
learned in a couple of days before the con- 
cert. I was very nervous and worried if I 
could play like I had practiced. But after I 
had finished performing at the concert, I 
realized that I had played perfectly, espe- 
cially because of the audience's applause. I 

/ am very proud of the 

fact that I have graduated 

from one of the most 

prestigious private schools 

in the nation. I was 

happy to receive my 
diploma from GDA. 

had never has such a great feeling to be 
applauded, and I was very happy. Since I 
could never forget the sound of the 
applause, I resumed working hard on the 

I am thankful for the guitar. It created 
a bridge between me and the GDA com- 
munity. I just played what I really wanted 
to play, and people told me that I was good 

at playing the guitar. My debut on the 
guitar brought me out of the shell I had cre- 
ated. It was a shell for me to hide myself 
behind a barrier of language and culture 
differences. At this point I was not hesitant 
to speak out anymore. Although I made 
mistakes both in speaking English and in 
playing the guitar, it no longer bothered 
me. What was important for me was to try 
my best and to feel comfortable with 
myself. Even if things did not 
work out well, I was still happy. I 
was enjoying a freedom of expres- 

I received an honorable prize 
for music on my graduation from 
GDA. I consider this award to be a 
gift from Mr. Stowens, who had 
been one of the most reliable 
people I have ever known. I am 
very proud of the fact that I have 
graduated from one of the most 
prestigious private schools in the 
nation. I was just happy to receive 
my diploma from GDA. 

I am very optimistic about my 
future. Around the time I was 
struggling in the "shell," I was 
searching for a concrete answer of 
what field I should study and what 
kind of job I should get in the 
future, by worrying about how 
much money a certain job would 
pay. But now I realize that I do not 
really have to make such deci- 
sions. As I trusted my intuition 
when I decided to start playing the 
guitar, I believe that I will be able to find 
the best occupation by feeling "this is what 
I want to do!" Even if I do not get much 
income from my occupation, I will be happy 
with it. This is the way of my life. I don't 
think I will change how I feel about this - 
no matter what people may say. I 

The Archon — Fall/Winter 1998-99 25 

Life in a Nigerian 
Bearding School 

By Bijou Mgbojikwe '00 

Stunned by the different environment 
of boarding schools in the United 
States compared to those in Nigeria, I 
nevertheless adamantly refused to 
consider attending one. My mother tried to 
persuade me by capitalizing on the disad- 
vantages and unpleasantness of boarding 
schools in Nigeria, West Africa, which is 
where I am from. 

In Nigeria a majority of 
children attend boarding school, 
whether they are rich or poor. I 
attended Federal Government 
Girls College in Onitsha, my 
mother's hometown. The even- 
ing she dropped me off for the 
first time I was ten and had 
never lived away from my 
family. I remember feeling a 
lump in my throat as I watched 
her drive away into the dust, 
but I didn't shed any tears. 
Maybe that was because I didn't 
know what was in store for me. 
One spends six years at 
boarding schools in Nigeria. 
Three years are spent as a 
junior person and the other 
three are spent as a senior. 

My school had six dorms, all 
named after flowers, and all had 
different colors of "daywear," 
the checkered uniforms girls 
wore outside of the academic 
day. They would be translated to jeans and 
t-shirts at GDA. I was in Cherry House and 
we wore red daywear. Zinnia House inhabi- 
tants wore blue daywear, Ixora House 
inhabitants wore brown daywear, Jasmine 
House... well, you get the picture. Dorms 
are different from those in GDA. They were 
basically three mess halls joined together to 
form one side of a dorm; so, there were two 
sides to a dorm with six mess halls. In each 

mess hall were bunk beds, lined up next to 
each other. On the top slept junior girls and 
on the bottom slept senior girls. Shower 
stalls and toilets adjoined the dorms. After 
"lights out" at night, it was a scary experi- 
ence approaching the bathrooms if one 
needed to use them. 

My day started at 5:30 in the morning. 
I rushed to the dysfunctional showers to 

take a cold water bath with forty other 
junior girls. We would bathe quickly 
because we were cold and because we 
would be kicked out of the dormitory by 
6:30 a.m. After the bath, I dressed in the 
school uniform, made my bed in school 
colors and took my bathing bucket, towel, 
and school bag to my classroom. From 6:30 
to 7:00 a.m. was dorm-duty time. Junior 
girls and the first class of the seniors had 
dorm jobs for the whole year. My job at that 

time had been "surroundings," an 
ambiguous way to describe the sweeping of 
the compound in which my dorm was situ- 
ated. After dorm jobs, at 7:00, came break- 
fast, which consisted of a tiny loaf of bread 
and cup of tea. By 8:00 almost everyone 
was in her classroom, waiting for the 

I don't particularly remember the acad- 
emic side of school so well 
because I was too immersed in 
learning how to survive, 
whereas in GDA academics 
dominates and kids complain of 
not being able to have a social 
life. Courses I took were Math, 
Biology, English, Social Studies, 
Home Economics, Religion, 
Physical Education plus three 
languages. We were required to 
take French, our native lan- 
guage (whatever it might be —in 
my case Igbo), and one of the 
three main Nigerian languages. 
I chose Hausa. The academic 
day ended at 2:10 p.m. and it 
was possible to have had eight 
or nine classes by then. 
Sometimes teachers would 
either show up late or not at all. 
This gave the students opportu- 
nity to socialize. 

With classes over, the junior 
girls then took at least two 
buckets with them and went to the stream 
to fetch water and wash clothes since taps 
were not running and, if they were, only 
dripped unclean water. Junior girls had 
two buckets because one was for them- 
selves and the other was for the seniors. As 
I explained, juniors and seniors shared 
bunk beds so it was the junior's unques- 
tionable duty to fetch her bunkmate's 
water. It was also the junior's duty to wash 
her bunkmate's plates and clothes and to 

26 The Archon — Fall/Winter 1998-99 


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Boarding school in Nigeria was a 

defining experience in my life and it helped me 

to make my decision to come to GDA, 

a decision that I do not regret. 

make her bed. After the water had been 
fetched, there was free time for everyone. I 
spent most of my free time — most of my 
time actually - in the classroom like 
everyone else. We lived in it. The classroom 
to us is what the French Building, the 
library and the dorm are to GDA students. 
Juniors avoided the dorm simply because 
the seniors were our oppressors. They sent 
us on unpleasant errands which 
they could easily have done 
themselves, like, "Tell Alice I 
need her radio." "Free time" 
lasted until 7:00 p.m. and then 
we had to go to dinner. 

Meals at school in Nigeria, 
unlike GDA, were compulsory 
and searches were made for stu- 
dents missing from the dining 
hall. However these rules were 
not strictly enforced all the 
time. At 8:00 p.m. study hall in 
the classrooms commenced and 
didn't end until 9:15 p.m. This 
block of time was pointless since 
we had no homework or any 
kind of academic work to do. 
And exhausted after the day, 
most girls, including me, could 
not help dozing off. If we were 
caught helplessly dozing, the 
study hall proctors flogged us. 

That was enough incentive 
to keep us awake for a while. 
However, finally we were allowed to go to 
our dorms to sleep. No juniors were to be 
caught walking the halls after 9: 30 p.m. or 
they would be punished. That was the end 
of the typical day. 

The exceptions to this schedule were 
Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. On 
Thursdays was Moral Instruction, when a 
"priest" would be called in to preach the 
word of God and to cast the devil out of the 
crowd. Personally I didn't believe in Moral 

Instruction and I tried to avoid it as much 
as I could but it was compulsory. To tell 
the truth it was often more terrifying than 
inspirational simply because people began 
to speak in "tongues" and began to fall and 
crash into things, including me. So it made 
me quite uncomfortable. 

I also had to go to church services 
every Sunday, which were provided by the 

school. There were Anglican church ser- 
vices and Catholic church services; those 
who didn't have a place of worship like 
Moslems didn't have to go anywhere. I 
attended Anglican church services for two 
hours, with my Bible, dressed in school 
colors. It wasn't as bad as Moral 
Instruction because it was more quiet, civ- 
ilized and definitely less scary. 

Saturdays were Inspection days where 
faculty walked through our dorms to 

inspect how neatly our beds were made or 
how shiny the floors were. I didn't like 
Saturdays because the outcome of 
Inspection determined how one was going 
to spend the rest of the day. If a dorm was 
rated last in the inspection, all the junior 
girls would be whipped, made to kneel on 
the hot sand under the hot sun for hours on 
end, and then lectured. So, in order to be 
rated first in Inspection, the 
. floors had to be scrubbed, toilets 
and bathroom areas had to be 
spotless, "surroundings" had to 
be neat, beds made and under 
the beds empty. 

From my point of view 
Inspections were pointless 
because after the stoic-faced 
men and women were gone, the 
dorms reverted back to normal 
and the same cycle repeated 
itself a week later. I very much 
prefer the inspections we have 
at GDA because I don't have to 
be physically punished if my 
room isn't spotless. 

In a nutshell, yes, school in 
Nigeria is definitely different 
from school in the United States 
and yes, it seems to be a little, 
well, worse; but it wasn't the 
worst thing in the world. I did 
have some fun times at the 
school, although they were pri- 
marily when I socialized with my friends. 

Boarding school in Nigeria was a 
defining experience in my life and it helped 
me to make my decision to come to GDA, a 
decision that I do not regret. I have experi- 
enced the best of both worlds, which in turn 
has made me a better, more mature person 
with a very different yet important voice at 

The Archon — Fall/Winter 1998-99 27 

Diversity 1 


1 »^ J» 


By Evan Trent '98 

John Kenneth Gaibraith once wrote: 
"I am a Commencement orator... 
must eschew anything that smacks of 
partisan politics, political preference, 
sex, religion or unduly firm opinion. 
Nonetheless, there must be a speech." 
Speeches in our culture are the vacuum that 
fills a vacuum. Thus begins my attempt at 
engrossing a vacuum... How can I possibly 
verbalize all that I have learned in my three 
years at GDA? I can't. It's that simple. What 
I can do, if you will humor me for a small 
while, is offer you the perspective of a once 
(and arguably still) disillusioned young man. 
The last quarter of public school before 
I came to GDA my grade point average was 
approximately one third what it is now. My 
report card gloriously displayed three Fs, 
one D, two Cs and one solitary A. My par- 
ents had given up hope, having already 
yelled and screamed at me to do my work. 
That wasn't so bad. The real problem arose 
when I began to lose interest in learning. I 
was bored, disinterested, and depressed. 

So I decided to make a change in my life. 
I knew that I wasn't learning anything. I 
chose to apply to boarding school, hoping 
that it would offer me the chance to learn, 
grow, and discover myself. My parents and I 
came to visit GDA in late August of 1995 
when there was space for only two more stu- 
dents in the class of 1998. GDA took a risk 
and admitted a student with a dismal GPA 
who offered nothing but a promise to mend 
his ways. 

Here I am three years later, graduating 
from the oldest independent school in the 
country. I came to GDA convinced that I 
would graduate from college with a major in 
computer science, go directly to Microsoft 
and sit in front of a screen for the rest of my 
life writing machine code. Right now I'm 
struggling to choose between math, political 
science, chemistry, law, economics, history 
and classical studies as majors in college. 
What happened? A better question is "What 
didn't happen?" It seems as if the last three 
years have been filled to the brim with life- 
changing experiences: Mr. Quigley's AP US 
History class, Harvard Model Congress, Dr. 
Bradley's chemistry class, Interdisciplinary 
Seminar with Stowe, drama with Mr. 

Warm... the list goes on. 

"I was asked to memorize what I did 
not understand; and, my memory being so 
good, it refused to be insulted in that 
manner. " — Aleister Crowley 

My midyear US History exam at my 
previous high school was comprised of 200 
fill in the blanks. That was it. No essay, no 
short answers, nothing. It was sheerly a 
matter of memorization. There was no test 
of understanding or interpretation. Most of 
you here at GDA should remember what 
the Modern European History midyear 
exam was like... your pens ran out of ink 
and your wrists practically fell off while you 
tried to write all three hundred essays in 
two and a half hours. 

Or perhaps some of you remember 
those not-so-rare occasions when Mr. Abu 
yanks you out of class by a random limb 
and proceeds to give you an oral exam in 
the hallway while you wonder what just 
happened. These are merely two examples 
of the intellectual atmosphere upon which 
GDA prides itself. Wyndham Lewis made a 
bold but true statement: "A sort of war of 
revenge on the intellect is what, for some 
reason, thrives in the contemporary social 

For one reason or another, impeccable 
grades and flawless academic performance 
have become the modern day values in edu- 
cation. A mere transfer of knowledge from 
one individual to another is a common 
practice in the educational institution. 
E.M. Forester put it best: "Spoon feeding in 
the long run teaches us nothing but the 
shape of the spoon." I'm glad that I've been 
part of a more enlightened community, 
where understanding, interpretation, inde- 
pendent thought, creativity, and expression 
are praised and encouraged. Perhaps GDA 
is a bit closer to Longfellow's ideal: "The 
love of learning, the sequestered nooks, and 
all the sweet serenity of books." Lord 
knows I've read enough of them here. 

"It is the supreme art of the teacher to 
awaken joy in creative expression and 
knowledge. " — Albert Einstein 

When I was attending public school, at 
3:00 PM, when the bell rang, the teachers 
ran out the doors and fled, usually arriving 

home well before the students! Communi- 
cation with teachers outside of class was 
rare and not particularly worthwhile. 

Having lived in a dorm with four fac- 
ulty members for the past three years, and 
having made lasting friendships with many 
of my teachers, I have been reassured that 
my decision to attend GDA was a wise one. 
Maybe it was staying up until 2:00 AM lis- 
tening to Dave DiCicco try to convince Dr. 
Bradley that alchemy is a viable method for 
flooding the gold market, maybe it's lis- 
tening to Doc wander aimlessly down the 
hallways playing his guitar like a madman, 
maybe it was discussing the meaning of life 
with Mr. Suggs, or maybe it was learning 
new useful insults in French from Mr. 

Regardless, I have valued my relation- 
ships with teachers here more than I can 
possibly express. The words of Carl Jung 
might serve better than my own: "One 
looks back with appreciation to the bril- 
liant teachers, but with gratitude to those 
who touched our human feelings. The cur- 
riculum is so much necessary raw material, 
but warmth is the vital element for the 
growing plant and for the soul of the child." 
Let's face it, with all the nicknames we 
have for teachers on campus (Fonty the 
Crazy Chemist, Dave the Gnome, Double 
Suggs/Daddy Suggs, Dinty Moore, Iron 
Mike, BuBu, Brian Bottom Line Lenane, 
and last, but not least, Big Pete, it's obvious 
that my teachers represent more to me 
than mere pedagogues. 

This school has offered me the opportu- 
nity to find myself, to discover my own 
identity and foster pride. It is because 
GDA's definition of success is so broad that 
this has been possible. Whether it is in the 
classroom, on a team, on the stage, in 
Kaiser, or in a random room where some 
obscure club that discusses ancient Yiddish 
poetry meets, individual achievement is 
supported and encouraged by the GDA 
community. I mean, where else could two 
reckless, irresponsible students who can't 
spell start their own literary journal? 

"If the environment permits it, anyone 
can learn whatever he chooses to learn; and 
if the individual permits it, the environ- 
ment will teach him everything it has to 
teach. " — Viola Spolin 

My experiences in the classroom here at 
GDA have been incredible. Perhaps I'm 
referring to Mr. Abu jumping on my desk 
asking me in his goofy French accent if I 
like his John Deer tie, or Dr. Bradley saying 
"Put this in your notes or I will destroy you 
with extreme prejudice," or Mr. Gosse 
saying in his unique way "Is everybody 
sharp today? We're going to do some real 
mathematics?", but bar none every class I 

28 The Archon — Fall/Winter 1998-99 

have taken at this school has been thor- 
oughly rewarding. 

In my three years at this school, I have 
taken fifteen AP exams ranging from US 
Government, French Language, BC 
Calculus, Economics, European History to 
English Literature. I accredit much of my 
success on these exams to the high stan- 
dard of learning that goes on in the class- 
room here at GDA. 

But more importantly I accredit the 
diversification of learning I have engaged in 
here to my teachers. Who, other than Mr. 
Quigley, could fascinate a math jock with 
readings on the Civil War? How is it that a 
number cruncher ended up in AP English 
his senior year? Surely Mrs. White and Mr. 
Warm had something to do with that... You 
see, aside from simply absorbing a great 
deal of information, much thanks to my 
teachers, I have discovered the true joy 
of learning, a uniquely human trait, 
described by Hobbes in Leviathan: 
"Man is distinguished from other ani- 
mals, not only by his reason; but also by 
this singular passion... which is a lust of 
the mind, that... continual and indefati- 
gable generation of knowledge." 

It is this passion that has been 
impressed upon me in my years here at 
GDA, and for that I am forever 
indebted to the academy. It has 
changed my outlook on life, and my 
attitude towards education. It has 
made me strive to become an educated 

The opportunities I have been pro- 
vided with outside of the academic 
arena are equally staggering. The most 
obvious example of this that comes to 
mind is The Muse, the monthly publi- 
cation that Peter and I founded. The over- 
whelming support that Peter and I received 
was mind boggling. The communications 
office furnished us with a list of parents' 
addresses to facilitate our subscription 
drive. The business office allowed us to use 
smart cards to collect subscription money. 

Trustees and parents wrote in pledging 
their support, and even Big Pete offered 
words of encouragement for the project. In 
terms of student contributions, so many 
students offered us creative works that we 
stuffed 16 tabloid sized pages for our very 
first issue. It was truly inspiring. 

Later that year with the help of another 
student, I started the first GDA delegation 
to Harvard Model Congress. If I remember 
correctly, Mr. Quigley's stance was some- 
thing to the effect of "I'll drive the van 
down, and sign off on the paperwork... but 
you're going to have to do the rest of the 
work yourself." It is this very attitude 
which has fostered so many extra curric- 

ular activities here at GDA. Faculty aren't 
here to start activities, to regulate them, or 
to run them. The burden is upon the stu- 
dents, but the faculty will offer all the sup- 
port that they can. For the past three years 
Harvard Model Congress has been an over- 
whelming success. This year, when I 
returned to campus, what did I discover? 
Over $1000 had been set aside to fund the 
1998 HMC delegation. The opportunity to 
create the first GDA delegation to Harvard 
Model Congress was only exceeded in 
enjoyment by the opportunity to partici- 
pate in it. 

Educational experiences such as this, 
which occur outside of the classroom are 
recognized by this school, and that is rare. 
Last year when we members of the debate 
club wanted to host our own debate on 
campus, the faculty offered to judge the 

It seems as if the 

last three years have 

been filled to the brim 

with life-changing 


debates if we organized the activity. Come 
February, there were nearly a dozen 
schools here debating the topic of school 
prayer. The school has supported every 
student endeavor in which my classmates 
and I have engaged. 

Achievements speak for themselves, 
and right now I'd rather that they not 
speak at all. The focus of this speech is not 
upon what I've done, or what anybody else 
has done while here at GDA. The point I'm 
driving home is that GDA has successfully 
turned an unmotivated, bored, adolescent 
male with an embarrassing GPA into an 
actor, a newspaper editor, a webmaster, a 
member of the honor society, and most 
importantly, a motivated, excited, and 
inspired scholar. I know that every day my 
parents thank God that GDA became a 
part of my life, and in truth, I do the same. 
I thank God, because GDA has helped me 
discover that there is a sheer joy that 
comes from learning. 

As Hellen Keller described it 
"Knowledge is happiness, because to have 
knowledge - broad, deep knowledge - is to 
know true ends from false, and lofty things 
from low. To know the thoughts and deeds 
that have marked man's progress is to feel 
the great heart-throbs of humanity through 
the centuries; and if one does not feel in 
these pulsations a heavenward striving, one 
must indeed be deaf to the harmonies of 
life." It is these very harmonies of life to 
which GDA has opened my ears, my eyes, 
and my mind. 

"The greatest sweetener of human life is 
Friendship. To raise this to the highest 
pitch of enjoyment, is a secret which but few 
discover. " — Joseph Addison 

The friends I have made here at GDA 
are among the closest I have. Much of this 
is due to the fact that we have been forced, 
for better for worse, to endure each 
other in the same living space for sev- 
eral years. We have had to learn how to 
put up with each other, morning noon 
and night. But we have also watched 
each other grow from immature 
freshmen and sophomores to... slightly 
more mature seniors. But in truth, we 
have learned much from each other. 

My debt to GDA is indescribably 
immense. Often times friends and peers 
have asked me why it is that I have vir- 
tually killed myself by taking an AP 
exam practically every day for two 
weeks straight, or why in God's name I 
started the GDA web page, or why I 
stuff my schedule so full. My only 
response is that, aside from proving to 
myself that I can achieve these goals, I 
feel obligated to give back to GDA as 
much as I possibly can. I feel, much as 
Ruth Benedict felt, that "A man's indebted- 
ness... is not virtue; his repayment is. 
Virtue begins when he dedicates himself 
actively to the job of gratitude." My expres- 
sion of gratitude for the opportunities GDA 
has offered me has been in my taking 
advantage of them. 

And after all of this long-winded 
rhetoric and nonsensical fustian, I can offer 
only this as advice: Parents: $26,000 may 
seem like a lot of money, but the reward is 
well worth the price. Keep in mind the wise 
words of Sir Claus Moser: "Education costs 
money, but then so does ignorance." 
Seniors, be thankful for the many opportu- 
nities which GDA has offered you. And for 
those of you yet to be seniors, carpe diem. 
Do not let your youth become, as the 20th 
century British critic Cyril Connolly char- 
acterized it, "a period of missed opportuni- 
ties." Embrace the many opportunities 
with which you will be provided, for your 
graduation day approaches fast. I 

The Archon — Fall /Winter 1998-99 29 

From Hill to Marsh 

By Joel Masinter '01 



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Being a boarding student at GDA has its 
ups and downs, especially when you are from 
a completely different part of the country. 

I * 


y home is in Charleston, West 
Virginia, and as you can imagine, 
there are many differences 
between life at GDA and life in West 
Virginia. These two places vary culturally 
and demographically. 

Boston has always been known as a 
center of cultural activity. Because GDA is 
so close to the city, many weekends there 
are trips to see a play or concert. I consider 
myself very fortunate to be afforded these 
great opportunities, and I take advantage of 
them regularly. Many people from West 
Virginia might never have a chance to see 

York. We have gone to other places like 
Cape Cod, and Rockport, Massachusetts. 
New England is a very beautiful part of the 
country, and because I go to GDA, I can see 
a part of the country I wouldn't otherwise 
get to see. I have also learned to become an 
independent traveler. I have to fly home for 
vacations, so I have learned how to find my 
way around airports, find the right jet- way, 
check in for flights, and find my lost lug- 

Along with the positives of boarding 
school, there are the negatives. It has been 
great making new friends here, but it's 

The social, educational, and cultural opportunities 
at GDA outweigh most of the sacrifices. 

shows like "Blue Man Group" or "Phantom 
of the Opera." 

My parents come to visit me every 
couple of months, and when they do, they 
enjoy visiting different parts of New 
England. For instance, one time we stayed 
in Boston. Another time we took a four- 
hour drive and visited Cooperstown, New 

been frustrating to feel like I'm losing 
touch with longtime friends from home. 
Being a boarding student is hard enough, 
but it is even harder when your parents live 
700 miles away. I can't just go home for the 
weekend, so I have to be content with a 
short conversation on the phone with my 
parents or my friends. 


Occasionally I am invited out to a 
friend's home, but it's not like going to my 
own. However, this makes me appreciate 
trips home more, and it makes me appre- 
ciate my family more. I also miss little 
things like home-cooked meals, my dog, 
and having my clothes smell really nice 
after they have been cleaned. Then there's 
a fully stocked fridge, privacy, and the use 
of a car, which I have to live without at 

I feel that all the social, educational, 
and cultural opportunities here at GDA 
outweigh most of the sacrifices that I make 
by being so far from home. I know that my 
time at GDA will give me a head start for 
an easier adjustment to life at college. I'm 
looking forward to making the most of my 
last three years at GDA. I 

30 The Archon — Fall/Winter 1998-99 

Chapel Talk 

Joker and a Thief! 

By Mark Gerry, Mathematics Department 

I'd like to share a story with you. 
Actually, it's not a story, it's more of a 
poem. Well, really it's not a poem 
either. It's a song. It's a song that works 
like a poem as it tells a story, if you know 
what I mean. I've been thinking about 
sharing these thoughts of mine with you for 
a while now, but I've never done anything 
like this before, and what once seemed like 
a great idea now gives me a sinking feeling 
that it's a bad idea. 

You see, I'm worried that my interpre- 
tation of this song is going to sound as if I'm 
preaching to you, and that is something I 
am not interested in doing. I do, however, 
hope to offer a challenge to many of you. I 
want you to really consider what you think, 
how you feel, and, in the end, how you 
behave. Realize what a risky idea this is. 
Afterall, no one wants to be told that they 
may need to reconsider how they think, feel, 
and act, especially by someone who may not 
know you very well and who you might sup- 
pose makes all sorts of mistakes, probably 
on a daily basis. But I guess as a teacher, as 
an adult it's my prerogative to lecture even 
if I sound hypocritical. 

But more than that, obviously, and cer- 
tainly what's most important to me is that I 
use this opportunity to express the affection 
and respect that I feel for a great number of 
you. Still, I'm nervous, and I'm uncertain 
that I'm doing the right thing. So, if I begin 
to sound like I'm delivering a sermon, I 
hope you'll try to understand my motiva- 

The song you heard on the way in was, 
"All Along the Watchtower," written by Bob 
Dylan and first recorded by him in 1960- 
something. It's a classic that has been cov- 
ered by artists from Jimi Hendrix to Dave 
Matthews, from the Indigo Girls to U2. 
Some of those versions were playing as you 
came in, and, if you were at the Guild 
Friday night you heard Heath, Clint, Jeff, 
and Doc do an excellent take on this tune. 

You'll also have a chance to listen to other 
renditions as you leave. 

I've heard this song a thousand times in 
many places and in many contexts, but 
only recently did I bother to really listen to 
what Dylan was writing about. For the first 
time I started to think about what he was 
saying, at least what he was saying to me. 
For instance, what about the title? A 
watchtower is a lookout, a place where a 
sentinel is stationed to forewarn against 
the enemy or impending doom. But what 
enemy, what doom? 

The opening verse goes like this (don't 
worry, I won't sing): "There must be some 
kind of way out of here, Says the joker to 
the thief, There's too much confusion, I 
can't get no relief." What is the confusion 
from which the joker and his partner, the 
thief, seek relief? 

The poem continues, "Businessmen 
they drink my wine, Plowmen dig my 
earth, None of them along the line, Know 
what any of it is worth." It seems the joker, 
the thief, and also a third person, the nar- 
rator, share a common foe, perhaps in the 
form of some impersonal, glutinous institu- 
tion or those who have no regard for the 
value of what is basic and sensible. 

The story goes on, "No reason to get 
excited, The thief he kindly spoke, There 
are many here among us, Who feel that life 
is but a joke." Yeah, that's right. It's a joke. 
Why buy into a system that is obviously so 
misguided, so repressive, and so oppres- 
sive? It's only a scam perpetrated by 
narrow-minded, shortsighted fools whose 
ways have no real bearing on those of us 
who know better. The thief apparently has 
his answer. 

"But," states the narrator, "you and I 
we've been through that, And this is not 
our fate, So let us not talk falsely now, The 
hour is getting late." The narrator, it 
seems, disagrees with the thief and the 
joker afterall. He distinguishes himself 

from the joker and the thief and sides with 
his audience, whoever the "you" is that he 
is speaking to. They appear to have had 
some different experiences, to have gained 
a different perspective that separates them 
from the two who feel helpless and trapped. 

Life for the narrator is in fact no joke. 
For him time is of the essence, and now is 
the time to be honest. Now is the time to 
get real. The relief that is sought from the 
apparent confusion can be had by being 
truthful, by looking for meaning below the 
surface, by taking responsibility for actions 
and gaining wisdom from experiences, by 
controlling destiny before it controls you. 

So who are the joker, the thief, and the 
narrator? Well, the joker and the thief are 
cynics. They don't believe others have 
achieved the same level of understanding 
and sophistication that they have, and even 
though they may not be in a position of con- 
trol, they feel entitled to disregard what 
others say, ask, or do. It is only their own 
small self-interests that are important, and 
opposing views are held in disdain, looked 
down upon with mockery or condescension. 
GDA has many jokers and thieves, too 
many, and there are times when I cower 
among them. 

How many of us have, at times, felt that 
too much of GDA is a joke and you would 
rather be doing just about anything else? 
So you turn it around, and through your 
negative or indifferent behavior you think 
you are the ones playing a joke on the 
school. You become the jokers. How many 
of us have thought we've outgrown the pet- 
tiness that can seem to be so much a part of 
GDA? These rules, these decisions, these 
endless requirements, they're confusing in 
their idiocy. Where is the relief? 

How many of us cut corners, steal time 
away from our responsibilities, deny our- 
selves a chance to do good, rob others of 
their happiness, take but don't give? Isn't 
that what a thief does? But hey, relax, don't 

The Archon — Fall/Wintor 1998-99 31 

overreact, simply point the finger at 
someone else. It's just a joke. 

The narrator, however, knows the out- 
come of this faulty logic. He's heard the last 
verse: "Outside in the cold distance, A 
wildcat did growl, Two riders were 
approaching, And the wind began to howl." 
Despite our vigilance from the watchtower, 
despite the princely entitlements we may 
think we deserve, despite our pleading and 
wailing, in the end we are forced to realize 
that all of our actions have consequences. 
Judgment will come. It may come from 
someone on horseback, but ultimately it 
will come from within ourselves, and from 
that judgment there is no escape, nowhere 
else to point the finger. Payback is, as they 
say, no joke. We have to be accountable. 

Now listen, I know there are 
reasons to get caught up in the 
game of apathy and disrespect and 
to sustain the image of being too 
cool to care. There are probably 
many reasons to act out, but I'll 
suggest three quick ones. 

First, your priorities may not 
match with others, or you may 
think there are many aspects of 
GDA that can be improved. I agree 
with you. Let's hear your well 
thought out ideas for effective 
changes that will benefit everyone 
or at least harm no one. 

Second, you may have some 
legitimate issues that are inter- 
fering with your better judgment. 
Being a teenager is hard. Everyone 
has problems that are a burden or a 
distraction. They are very real, and 
I empathize, but problems are a 
huge and ongoing part of life. Learn 
to deal with them, or at least work 
at it. 

Look at the faces of the people around 
you who care for you and are willing and 
eager to help. Try not to let difficulty in one 
area of your life spill over to cause difficul- 
ties in other areas of your life or in the lives 
of other people. 

And third, what about having fun? This 
is high school, isn't it your prerogative to be 
hilarious and outrageous? The spring is 
blooming, you're with your buddies, hor- 
mones are raging, it's time for laughs and 
the things memories are made of. It's sup- 
posed to be fun. You bet it is. There's no 
other time like it. Enjoy it all. 

But does that exclude being civil to one 
another? I hope not. Does it require 
behaving irresponsibly? Does it mean you 
can't pay attention to the details like going 
to morning meeting, picking up after your- 
self in the dining hall or out in the terrace, 

being on time, volunteering, supporting 
your friends on their teams or in their per- 
formances, and in general having pride in 
yourself and in your school? I don't think 
that being kind and considerate will pre- 
vent you from having fun. I don't even 
think that maintaining some high stan- 
dards for academic performance will keep 
you from having a good time. 

Some might even say that attending to 
these details actually enhances the enjoy- 
ment of these times that are supposed to 
be so memorable. Maybe that's why some 
people seem to have more fun than others, 
at least more real fun. They are more con- 
nected and more engaged with the world 
around them, their lives are in better 
order, they know the difference between 

Being thoughtful, 
having integrity, 
showing respect 

doesn't mean 
you've sold out. 

being a character and having character. 
They don't have to waste energy looking 
over their shoulder to see who is riding up 
on them to deliver the consequences. Their 
wildcats are sleeping softly; for them the 
winds are soothing. 

You see, we all know right from wrong, 
and I don't think doing wrong, even in 
small, seemingly insignificant ways makes 
any of us feel better, not really. Yes, there 
are obstacles and plenty of things to dis- 
agree with, but that doesn't mean we have 
to pass them off as a joke. Learn from your 
experiences, and take some positive action. 
Be part of a solution, don't just perpetuate 
a problem. I'm preaching way too much, so 
let me just urge you to make thoughtful 
choices. If you do, I think you can have it 
all. You can have fun and still be nice. You 
can work through your issues and finish 

the year well, without regrets. You can pay 
attention to the details and still have a 
blast. You can have your own identity and 
still be responsible. 

Being thoughtful, having integrity, 
showing respect doesn't mean you've sold 
out. It almost certainly does mean that 
judgment will be sweeter. 

Finally, just so you don't think I'm too 
hypocritical, let me confess that I have 
made my share of mistakes. I'm still 
making them, but, if I take my own advice, 
I hope I'll make fewer mistakes today than 
I did yesterday. I've wallowed in my own 
problems and lashed out at innocent 
people; I've had too much fun (if that's pos- 
sible), made bad choices, and not attended 
to anyone but myself. I've never been criti- 
cized for being a nice guy, however. 
The point is that each of us is all at 
once the joker, the thief, and the nar- 
rator. Which character are you going 
to let take control of your life? Listen 
to your heart. Learn to trust yourself 
and to have faith in other people, and 
you'll make the right decisions. It's 
hard not to be cynical, but keep your 
complaints and criticisms in perspec- 
tive. I dare you to take a good look at 
your existence on this planet. Each of 
us has a tremendous amount to be 
grateful for. 

Don't let your fate be one of cyn- 
ical despair or one that is dictated by 
poor decisions and filled with regret. 
Your whole life is ahead of you, which 
means there's no need to be in a 
hurry to grow up, to behave older 
than you are. But on the other hand, 
you'll never get this time back, so 
don't wait too long to get your act 
together. A healthy sense of urgency 
will serve you well. Make your choices 
count. Fight the good fight. Be good. Do 
good. I know that some of you are doing 
exactly that, every day, and I thank you for 
your strength and direction. 

So, after having said all of this, I hope 
you will listen to music with a more 
inquiring ear. Maybe some of it will speak 
to you as this song did to me. Be selective 
though. There are a lot of jokers and thieves 
writing music out there. And for those of 
you who think that I've missed the point, 
that my interpretation of this song is not 
the same as yours, and there's no way 
you're not going to be able to get everything 
you want while you're at GDA, let me sug- 
gest that you listen to the poetry of Mick 
Jagger and The Rolling Stones: "You can't 
always get what you want, But if you try 
sometime, You just might find. . ." But 
that's another song for another time. I 

32 The Archon — Fall/Winter 1998-99 

College Plans 

Governor Dummer Academy 

Class of 1998 


Ayyagari, Naveen Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute 

Barry, Kelly University of Colorado at Boulder 

Batchelder, Abby Saint Michael's College - VT 

Berman, Adam Brandeis University 

Bill, Elinor University of Kansas 

Blair, Eric .University of Miami 

Buccella, Peter Dickinson College 

Burns, Tyler College of Wooster 

Carbonneau, Hans Saint Lawrence University 

Carroll, Greg Middlebury College 

Cha, Sung-Je Purdue University: West Lafayette 

Chapman, David Ohio University 

Chase, Jacob Macalester College 

Devaney, Jeremy Dickinson College 

DiCicco, Anthony Davi American University 

Downing, Jacqueline Oberlin College 

Duggan, Elizabeth Saint Andrews - Scotland 

Erickson, Elizabeth Kenyon College 

Ferrara, Leigh Colgate University 

Flaherty, Timothy Connecticut College 

Flynn, Alicia Trinity CoUege - CT 

Forrest, Patrick Union College 

Frumkin, Mark Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges 

Gadzuric, Daniel University of California - Los Angeles 

Gilbert, Rachel University of Redlands 

Gitlin, Justin University of Denver 

Gleason, Gregory Emory University 

Green, Melissa Wellesley College 

Harding, Tristan Dickinson College 

Harris, Emily Duke University 

Harris, John-Mark College of Charleston 

Hasan, Ramsey Wheaton College - MA 

Hasan, Ramsey (PG) Northfield Mt. Hermon 

Hecht, Kate Denison University 

Jamieson, Talitha Gordon College 

Kalokoh, Nathaniel Connecticut College 

Katzenberg, Kate Connecticut College 

KeUy, Michael Saint Michael's CoUege - VT 

Koken, Sarah Barnard College 

Krupp, Richard New York University 

Ledbetter, Caroline Franklin and Marshall College 

Legault, Annie Elmira College 

Lilly, Adelle Bates College 

Lydon, Abby Denison University 

Majocha, Nicholas Emerson College 

Marino, Caitlin Mount Holyoke College 


McDormand, Kevin University of Chicago 

McHale, Alexandra Fairfield University 

Meagher, Michael Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges 

Miner, Joshua Lewis & Clark College 

Mueller, Jocelyn Boston University 

Musgrave, Jessica Roanoke College 

Newman, Katharine Wesleyan University 

Notopoulos, James Tufts University 

Noury, Lila Bowdoin College 

Novis, Emily University of Connecticut 

Nugent, Ingrid University of Vermont 

O'Neill, Philip Shane Boston University 

O'Reilly, Robyn Denison University 

Olney, William Wesleyan University 

Oreto, Brendon Saint Thomas - Canada 

Panall, Stoddard Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute 

Peltzman, Brooke Trinity College - CT 

Pilkington, Elizabeth University of Toronto - Canada 

Prendergast, Chris Colby College 

Ramirez, Alnardo Williams College 

Rudolph, Jonathan Worcester Polytechnic Institute 

Ruff, Erica Skidmore College 

Sattavalekha, Woracha University of Virginia 

Savage, Jessica Denison University 

Shearman, Claire Providence College 

Shetty, Shawn Med School - India 

Sloan, Tia Howard University 

Sprince, Maura Rollins College 

St. Jean, Hilary Colgate University 

Stephenson, Rebecca Case Western Reserve University 

Stewart, Hugh Stonehill College 

Swallow, Clinton Merrimack College 

Taylor, Jesse Lehigh University 

Trent, Evan University of Chicago 

Trobb, Amy Indiana University Bloomington 

Tsubomatsu, Yuki Tulane University 

Turner, Sarah Bowdoin College 

Vandersande, John University of Vermont 

Venturelli, Philip California Institute of Technology 

Vieira, Mary Brown University 

Walter, Randall University of Maine 

Wayne, Gabriel George Washington University 

Weinbrandt, Kaela University of Denver 

Welenc, Jillian Bates College 

Wesson, Peter Kenyon College 

The Archon — Fall/Winter 1998-99 33 

■. . i •■•.''.'■ 

Graduation '98 

Governor Dummer Academy 

34 The Archon — Fall/Winter 1998-99 

Congratulations Class of '98 

Commencement 1998 

By Shirley S. French, 

Vice President, Board of Trustees 

How does one capture the exhilara- 
tion of a remarkable day? A gradua- 
tion where you were the conduit, 
honored to award diplomas and 
prizes. Robed with my college colors, 
beside the Headmaster leading the 
line of faculty and trustees, the emo- 
tion gave me a rush of adrenaline. 
We awaited the strike of the bell to 
affirm the ten o'clock hour. My steps 
were small in comparison to the tall 
head's easy motion. I stretched my 
stride, slowed it as he'd requested, 
and we lead the procession of the 
235th Commencement of America's 
oldest boarding school. The wind 
blew ancient trees around us, and the 
green sweep of June grass lead my 
eyes to the 1724 Mansion House. I 
was overwhelmed by tradition and 
how many had gone before us. The 
brass ensemble began "Pomp and 
Circumstance," as we watched the 
seniors join us under the shade of 
mighty beech trees. My eyes watered 
remembering my own march to that 
dramatic song in 1947! Now it's their 
excited faces which exhilarate my 
view. Many I recognize, but all 
harbor a future of wonder and a 
sense of accomplishment. The sea 
of parents and friends spread well 
beyond the chairs and become a 
standing edge of the lawns. Their 
cameras ready with long lenses to 
catch their special graduate. 

Prizes for exceptional merit are 
awarded. Masters' caring is evident 
in each student's accolades. I clap 
and award prize books and silver 
cups, but it's the roar of classmates' 
cheers that stays with me. Governor 
Dummer's caring, supportive com- 
munity is speaking. 

Now a peaceful meditative time 
of music by the brass ensemble — 
followed by a moving talk by a 1984 
graduate who never lost a single 
senior's attention with the account of 
her life of amazing accomplishments. 

Then the names begin to flow 
from the Headmaster's steady 
knowing voice. Each graduate comes 
up in a white or cardinal red gown 
to shake my hand and receive his/her 
individual leather enfolded diploma. 
It's their eyes that meet mine, their 
firm handshake, the confident stride 
that assures me of youth's magic, 
as 99 new alumni/ae join the 
GDA tradition. 

The Archon — Fall/Winter 1998-99 35 


Reunion '98 

Governor Dummer Academy 

1. Old Guard: Dick Cousins, Charles Henrich, Don 
Stockwell, Phil Simpson. 

2. Class of 1948: (left to right) - First Row: Ash 
Eames, Duncan McCallum, Harry Beaudry, John 
Deuble, Pete Houston. Second Row: William Elliot, 
William Richter, Al Cummings, Ted Beaudry. 
Third Row: David Ellsworth, Phil Gemmer, Bob 
Hill. Fourth Row: Stu Otis, Fritz Freeman, Dick 
Attwill. Fifth Row: Bob Skeele, Tom Magoun, Ken 

3. Class of 1953: Bill Pmkham, Larry Guild. 

36 The Archon — Fall/Winter 1998-99 

4. Class of 1958: (left to right) - First Row: Nuff 
Withington, Rey Moulton '56, Harvey Hayden, 
Max Brace. Second Row: Ralph Ardiff, Ward Miles, 
Bill Hunt. 

5. Class of 1963: Donald Connelly, Frank Gummey. 

6. Class of 1968: (left to right) - First Row: Wayne 
Barbara, Jim Rudolph, Charlie Johnson. Second 
Row: Carl Bernstein, Steve Robinson, Robbie Lord, 
Dave Mitchell. Third Row: John Emerson, Marc 
Tucker, Harold Levine. Fourth Row: Rick Kaye- 
Schiess, Josh Burns, Steve Murphy, Art Veasey. 

7. Saturday AM. Pie Race participants. 

8. '48ers at their Friday Night Dinner. 

9. Class of 1973: (left to right) - First Row: Doug 
Pope, Carol Salloway, Scott Arthur. Second Row: 
Walter Rivera, Mark Hoffman, Steve Miller, 
Adolph Haffenreffer. Third Row: Tom BeU, Chris 
Baker, Wyatt Garfield, Ed Young. Fourth Row: 
Gary Haselton, Kevin McKenna, Rick Love, Geoff 
Peters, Chip Connelly. 

10. Class of 1983: (left to right) - First Row: 
Carolyn Krause, Sara Bradshaw, Patricia Quinn, 

June 12, 13, 14, 1998 

Patricia O'Malley. Second Row: Caleb Ham, Lori 
Whitney, Karen Schulte. Third Row: Steve 
Nichalson, Erika Nichalson, Sarah Breed. 

11. Class of 1988: (left to right) - First Row: Jenny 
Petschek, Cynthia (Draper) Hatfield, Jon 
Morisseau, Reg Edmunds, Andy Rybicki. Second 
Row: Michelle LaFlamme, Kara Moheban, 
Heather (Moore) Roche, Petica Barry, Christian 
Zabriskie, Charity Lombard! Third Row: Ted 
Smith, Mark Juba, Allan Smith. Fourth Row: Dave 
Hanlon, Paul Bucci. Fifth Row: Wayne Belleau, 
Arvid Swanson, Elizabeth Leary, Heidi Danielson, 
Dan Morison. Sixth Row: Heather Hinrichs, 
Kristina VonTrapp, Chris D'Orio, Damon Kinzie. 

12. Class of 1978: (left to right) - First Row: 
Thomas Diehl, Patricia Taylor, David Drukker, 
Anita Fisher, Kit Latham, Brad Clark, James 
Goodhart, Tom Ostheimer, Bray Walsh. Second 
Row: Thomas Driscoll, Chuck McDowell, Steven 
Ingrassia, Andrew Robinson, Curtiss Fox, Dana 
Stetson, Scott Pope, Greg Rose, Rolf Dammann, 
Ken Bloom, Phil Ogden. Third Row: Tom 
Matthews, Todd Dagres, Greg Kaknes, Ike Suggs, 
Robert Higgins, Leslie Lafond, Alice Moseley- 

13. Class of 1993: (left to right) - First Row: Nellie 
Godfrey, Laura Renna, Jody Dan, Matt Casellini, 
Jeremy Lyons, Rachel Haynes, Jennifer Saunders, 
Andrea Manning, Anne Savage, John Karon, Dawn 
Morrill, Nancy Stevenson. Second Row: Jim Morse, 
Tim McEneaney (guest), Jim Walsh, Pierce Love, 
Rob Kealler, Paul Rasmussen, Use Abusamra, 
Kristen Hand, Derek Ambrosi, Katie Mack, Glenn 
Gardner, Heather Smith, Chris Cini. 

14. The oldest Alum in attendance - Jim Gardiner 

15. Art Sager and the Glee Club. 

The Archon — Fall/Winter 1998-99 37 



Born to Jennifer and Michael Ponce '75, 
a daughter Anne, August 15, 1997. 

Born to Richard and Cornelia McCarthy 
DeNey '80, a daughter, Julia Curran, 
November 20, 1997. 

Born to Thanassis and Helen MacKay- 
Smith Mazarakis '80, a son, Andreas 
Athanassios, June 22, 1997. 

Born to Gail and Peter Brandli '81, a 
son, Peter Jake, October, 1997. 

Born to Heather and Rob Breed '81, a 
daughter, Katherine Corey, November 23, 

Born to Bill and Claire Dober Danaher 

'82, a daughter, Phoebe Eleanor, October 
14, 1997. 

Born to Kathy and John Nye '82, a 
daughter, Hannah Marie, October 14, 

Born to William and Elizabeth Wells 
Bunten '82, a daughter, Aurora Hope, 
November 30, 1997. 

Born to Charlie and Heidi Heasley Ford 
'83, a son, Peter Weston, January 26, 

Born to Adil and Letty Karai '83, a son, 
Alexander Daniel, May 15, 1997. 

Born to Bruce and DeDe Daley Warren 

'84, a son, Nicholas David, June 29, 1997. 

Born to Jennifer and Eric Marshall '84, 
a daughter, Leah Elizabeth, April 18, 1997. 

Born to Heather and Gerry Tallman '84, 
a son, Peter Cameron, February 25, 1998. 

Born to William and Karen Rybicki 
McCann '86, a daughter, Nora Kathleen, 
February 23, 1998. 

Born to Rob and Melissa Dyer 
McLallen '86, a son, Christopher George, 
February 11, 1998. 

Born to Troy and Pamela Parade e '87, a 
son, Tucker Davis, February 10, 1998. 

Born to Michele and Ric Woodie '87, a 
son, Jack, September 9, 1997. 

Born to Mollie and Taylor Twining '87, 
a daughter, Madeline, August 7, 1997. 

Born to Rick and Deana Giamette 
Boyages '88, a daughter, Noelle, 1998. 

Born to Steve and Lisa Sweeney Ryan 
'88, a daughter, Madison Leah, January 
31, 1997. 


Francis H. Atkins '45, died November 
30, 1998. 

Thomas D. Brown II '45, died May 29, 

William A. Buechner '32, died February 
2, 1998. 

Harwood C. Burdett '36, died May 14, 

John C. Cushman Jr. '32, died 
November 30, 1998. 

Fred V. Davis '34, died November 30, 

Jeffrey B. Ellis '63, died on November 
11, 1998. 

David Gill '55, died February 10, 1998. 

Samuel C. Gwynne '47, died July 20, 

Frank T. C. Hale '42, died October 10, 

Roger B. Hargreaves '44, died July 30, 


John James "Jack" Hattstaedt '50, 

died June 15, 1998. 

John W. "Jack" Hosmer '33, died 
February 2, 1998. 

Storer P. Humphreys '22, died 
December 29, 1998. 

Warren T. Johnson '33, died September 
17, 1998. 

Albert J. Leet '48, died July 17, 1998. 

John H. Mortimar '42, died September 
2, 1998. 

Brendan Layden Oreto '98, died in 
a car crash on December 22, 1998. 
(See opposite page.) 

Roger W. Page '29, died November 11, 

Howard S. Peck '34, died October 24, 

Edward F. Riley '40, died October 28, 

Richard F. Schanzle '37, died October 
12, 1998. 

Benjamin H. Vaughn '65, died October 
29, 1998. 

Jeffery B. Ellis, class of 1963, died 
on November 11, 1998 in his sleep. 

Jeff was a favorite student during my 
four decades at Governor Dummer. He 
was certainly one of the very finest ath- 
letes that I had the privilege to coach 
during that time. He arrived as a cocky 
young kid. . . He graduated as a two-sport 
captain, a successful quarterback, a prolific 
point guard in basketball, and one of the 
best lacrosse players in the history of the 

I remember him as he led a football 
resurgence. He was the Doug Flutie of his 
time - a quarterback leading his team to a 
successful season in the face of adversity! 

I remember him as a point guard in 
basketball where his poise and confidence 
helped his teammates rise beyond their 
expectations and to win games that 
seamed out of reach. 

I remember him as a lacrosse player: 
Jeff scored 5 goals in his first Varsity 
game, and he led all New England sec- 
ondary school players in scoring during his 
last two years. 

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Jeff had a knack of making things 
happen wherever he was. He was not likely 
to discuss his success, but instead focused 
his attention on others. He had a way of 
making everyone around him enjoy life. 

He used the same talent, verve, and 
flamboyance. To become an oustanding 
soldier, a respected pilot, and a man 
revered by his family and friends. 

Jeff, we will miss you! Thanks for all 
you have don to make each of our lives 
more vivid! 

— Robert E. Anderson 

A. Macdonald Murphy, died on 
October 12, 1998, in Yarmouth, Maine, 
where he lived for the past 13 years with 
his wife, Elizabeth. "Mac" came to Byfield 
in 1930 and spent 43 years as teacher, 
coach, mentor, and leader. 
(See On Campus - page 5.) 

Nancy Stone, wife of longtime GDA 
faculty member Ben Stone, died on August 
13, 1998. Nancy came to GDA in 1932 
when her husband, Ben, joined the faculty 
as teacher of both Latin and Mathematics 
and as housemaster in Moody House. 
Nancy was an active and caring member of 
the Governor Dummer community. She is 
remembered for her love of music which 
she shared with her husband. She taught 
piano and was very active in the dormitory 
in Moody House. 

Following Ben's retirement from GDA 
in 1975, having spent 43 years as member 
of the faculty and at least 25 years on 
campus, Ben and Nancy lived on High 
Street in Newburport. 

In addition to her husband, Nancy 
leaves two daughters, Nancy and Helen, 
and a son, Edward. 

Brendon Layden Oreto '98 

June 15, 1979 - December 23, 1998 

A Reflection 

By Paul Morrissey '99 and the 
Men of Ingham Past and Present 

An Irish Blessing 

May the road rise to meet you, 

May the wind be always at your back, 

May the sun shine warm upon your face, 

The rains falls soft upon your fields, 

And until we meet again, 

May God hold you in the palm of his hand. 

Brendon Oreto had been driving for ten 
hours when it happened. It was December 
22nd, and he was on his way home for the 
holidays, trying to make the long trip from 
Boston, Massachusetts to Fredricton, New 
Brunswick without stopping. Tired after 
staying in New England with friends from 
GDA, Brendon forged on along the 
highway, trying to make it home before 

Then, in the early morning hours of 
the 23rd, and only twenty miles from his 
front door, sleep overtook him. As he 
drifted off, his car swerved across the 
yellow highway divider straight into the 
face of oncoming traffic. Going sixty miles 
per hour, he hit an eighteen-wheel cargo 
truck head on. His small car lodged itself 
between the front wheels of the monster 
vehicle. Brendon was killed instantly. He 
was only nineteen years old. 

We had become close friends in our 
two years together at Governor Dummer 
Academy. He was magnetic: strong and 
quiet, passionate and unassuming. He 
lived for the bonds he made with others. 
He was always striving to build a sense of 
connection with others, of community to 
sustain. As our friendship grew, I found 
myself counting on his advice or com- 
forting words when I was down. He 
always found the right things to say to 
help others get through a time. 

Brendon and I laughed (often) and 
cried (occasionally). We celebrated victo- 
ries and mourned losses. Although we 
knew each other for only a fraction of our 
lives, it seemed like so much more. 

Brendon knew how to fill people's hearts 
and grab hold, much like a mother pro- 
tects her child. Brendon never let a friend 
walk alone. 

He lived his life passionately. He 
worked ferociously to keep his head above 
water academically. His love for people 
and for hockey made him thrive, and he 
spent forever trying to figure out the intri- 
cacies of each. He valued the camaraderie 
and dedication he found in hockey as well 
as the warmth and power of his relation- 
ships with his family and close friends. 
Brendon contemplated the world, always 
trying to find meaning. A seeker, he dared 
to explore the "how's" and "why's" of 
everything. . . "Why did that happen? 
How can we make it better?" His was a 
search for truth. 

Brendon's passing hit me hard. I 
heard the news at Christmas, a time to be 
thankful for family and friends. I will 
never know the anguish felt by Brendon's 
family during their first Christmas 
without him, but I know the feeling of loss 
his death has brought me. I have cried and 
cried, and I am sure to cry again. But the 
sorrow I feel over his death has begun to 
lift ever so slightly each day. My grief is 
being replaced with a feeling of need to 
celebrate his life. Brendon knew how to 

Today, the principles that guided 
Brendon's life are helping me to clarify my 
own life's goals. He has taught me to 
appreciate every moment I am alive, 
because life is far too short. Like him, I 
want to strive to build a community of 
sharing and caring, to be there for others, 
to be of service, to give, to be able to make 
a difference. I want to approach life 
thoughfully, to be contemplative, reflec- 
tive, always in search of truth ... to be a 
seeker, like him. 

Brendon's life was so full of energy, 
passion, and enthusiasm it was almost as 
if he knew how short this time among us 
would be. Through our love for him his 
friends, family, and I will keep his robust 
spirit alive. 

Brendon taught us all to reach. Reach 
out for others! Reach out for the truth! 
That is how I intend to live my life. 

The Archon — Fall/Winter 1998-W 39 

Class Notes 

June 11, 12, 13, 1999 

Class of 1924 - 75th 
Class of 1929 - 70th 
Class of 1934 - 65th 



Pre '39 

Harold H. Audet 


511 Crocker Avenue 

Pacific Grove, CA 93950-3705 

(408) 373-5652 

The last few months have not been good 
ones for our classmates. In the last few 
weeks I have learned of four additional 
deaths. George Davies'30 died in 
February, Fred Mowatt '35 in April and 
Harwood Burdett '36 and Richard Curtis 
'37 passed away. Fortunately there were 
no new reports of debilitating illnesses in 
our group. ♦ Warren Lane '27 has recently 
recovered from surgery, and his family 
hosted a party for his 90th birthday. He 
says that he is in great shape and con- 
tinues to play golf regularly. However, he 
didn't mention what his current handicap 
is. ♦ John Whittesay '33 is still engaged in 
the practice of law as an Administrative 
Law Judge. In this work he hears suits of 
employees who have charged that their 
employers have discriminated against 
them. ♦ I received a long note from 
Frank Abbot '35 who has recently moved 
to Columbus, N.C. Frank is feeling well 
but reports that he has no particular hob- 
bies. Before he moved he used to see 
Garfield Rae '35 from time to time, but he 
did not include any information as to 
Garfield's activities. Frank did not say 
where in North Carolina Columbus is 
located and I couldn't find it on my map of 
that area. I hope someone will send me a 
quick geography lesson. ♦ On Memorial 
Day Rub Neily '36 was the Grand Marshal 
of the Boothbay Regional Parade. It was 
the 50th time he had marched in the 
parade since 1946. Rupe did miss a parade 
when he was in Illinois for his daughter's 
graduation and also there was a year that 
the parade was canceled because of rain. 
♦ Dudly Follanshee '36 and his wife again 
spent the summer cruising the Maine 
coast. With the onset of cold weather they 
are looking forward to spending the winter 
on the ski slopes. ♦ Hank Cleaveland '38 
and his wife have recently moved into a 
Senior Unit in Farmingham, Maine. Hank 
is still in good health and works out in the 

40 The Archon — Fall/Winter 1998-99 

gym five days a week. ♦ Art Jameson '38 
is still working part time in the family 
business. He mentioned that he has two 
granddaughters currently attending GDA 
I wonder if any other members of our 
group have grandchildren in school in 



Donald W. Stockwell 


8 Country Hill 

Brattleboro, VT 05301 

(802) 254-5504 

60th Class Reunion 
June 11, 12, 13, 1999 

What a time we had at the June reunion. 
Charles Henrich '38 and his wife joined 
Phil Simpson and our wives and although 
rain seemed to be the order for the 
weekend it didn't dampen our spirits or 
those others who made their way to 
Byfield. Many activities were available to 
keep us occupied. Highlights included the 
Alumni Glee Club concert with our good 
friends Art Sager conducting and Ben 
Stone accompanying. Although I found a 
spot in the back row, Phil was even further 
back which was just as well as he never did 
know exactly what we were singing. Other 
events were: interesting panel discussions, 
the annual meeting of the Alumns, Old 
Guard Alumni luncheon, tours of the new 
Pescocolido Library and Mathematics 
Center, cocktail hours and a final evening 
dinner and dance. It was a wonderful 
weekend, which brings me to an important 
reminder. Next June will be our 60th and 
I'm hoping everyone will make a supreme 
effort to attend. GDA rolls out the red 
carpet each year particularly for the Old 
Guard and it would be great to have you 
there. ♦ Once again my old faithfuls have 
come through. Although Tom Tenney 
indicated that his life is not too exciting we 
know a golf date this fall is on his agenda 
with Hank Payson. This should raise 
plenty of divots. ♦ John Klotz is into golf 
as he, too, will be playing at the GDA Allies 
tournament in September. Is he actually 
playing or caddying for the two ruffians 
mentioned above? The balance of the fall 
season will see John off to Florida at least 
twice and then to Hawaii where he will 
brush up on his tennis game with the 
Stanford men's and women's team. One 
wonders what his function is in the latter. 

He also states he will be playing at Orange 
Lawn in New Jersey in the 75's Nationals, 
whatever that is. ♦ Emphysema has 
grabbed hold of John Dunlap, which is 
keeping him from any good trips lately. 
However, he and his wife were in Chicago 
for the Labor Day weekend to visit another 
branch of the family. They will spend part 
of the winter at their home in Harpswell, 
ME and then to Fort Meyers Beach, FL in 
March and April where he will be seeing 
many of his old classmates from Bowdoin. 

♦ Johnny Koslowski attended his 55th 
reunion at Dartmouth in June. He is 
holding his own with Parkinson's but back 
trouble is hindering his golf game. He 
recently saw our good friend and former 
teacher, Ben Stone, who doesn't look any 
different then he did back in '39. Kos has 
been in touch with Matty Harmon who 
unfortunately has been having some health 
problems lately. ♦ Now we come to Henry 
Payson. He has moved into a retirement 
home and is enjoying the good life. 
Apparently the presence of a number of 
women at this so-called rest home makes 
life very interesting. We are wondering if 
Hank has been appointed recreation 
director. ♦ George Simson had an inter- 
esting trip this summer. He and his wife 
spent a week on a barge going through 
canals in the wine country of France. 
Needless to say it was a wine tasting party 
of sorts as at 10:00 a.m. one morning he 
managed to taste 12 different wines. He 
says now he can tell red from white just by 
looking at them. Following that little 
excursion he flew to Istanbul and spent 
two weeks touring Turkey. I vouch for his 
statement that it is a very interesting 
country as I, too, toured that country three 
years ago. His return trip was not so 
pleasant as it took a total of 25 hours 
before reaching home. Hopefully at our 
60th I'll have the opportunity to pay him 
back for my transgressions which were not 
entirely of my own making ten years ago. 

♦ Tom Parker phoned me this summer 
and he has moved to Tampa, FL. 
Although having sold his home in 
Northfield, MA he and Esther will be 
returning next summer and residing in the 
area. He has also written me saying there 
are plenty of golf courses in the Tampa 
area that are a challenge to Kos, Hank P. 
Tom T. and John Klotz. Perhaps most of 
them will enjoy playing in Gary Player's 
new senior tournament format - 3 holes 
only; the winner is the player who can 
remember his score! 

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William H. Torrey 


112 Fire Island Avenue 

Babylon, NY 11702 

(516) 669-4339 


Bob Little is working on a contract helping 
to select/develop processing for fresh 
market tomato varieties for the western 
U.S. and California production areas. This 
year El Nino has caused very serious dis- 
ruption with crop production and quality. 
Bob sends best regards to all. ♦ Bob 
Telzerow owns and manages The Mooring 
Marina in Oceanside, NY ♦ From George 
Stobie comes word he and Patricia con- 
tinue to enjoy Koawah Island, SC. They've 
had a very hot summer and have been 
dodging hurricanes, enjoying good health 
and playing golf 3 times weekly. Patricia 
plays both golf and tennis. He extends a 
welcome to classmates who are down their 
way to come for a visit - Telephone # (843) 
768-4641. George lives in Johns Island, 
SC. ♦ Ben Wright reports he was induced 
into the World Figure Skating Hall of 
Fame during the World Championships in 
Minneapolis last March. Congratulations, 
Ben. Ben is actively involved with the 
Skating Club of Boston as Secretary. He's 
working on a new member handbook, 
which contains historical information. The 
Club was founded in 1912. He visited 
Hamburg, Stockholm, St. Moritz, Zermatt 
and Llugano in Europe last June, San 
Diego (family) and Spokane in May, Lake 
Placid and Simsbury, CT in July. He hap- 
pily arrived home in August-September. 
Ben finds time to play some golf and lawn 
bowling. ♦ Charles McDowell retired as 
JAG for Navy in 1980. He remained 
retired for 18 years and then entered pri- 
vate law practice, retiring again in 1996. 
He's now enjoying full retirement. He 
never sees anyone from GDA but reads 
class news with great interest. Charles had 
to straighten Ham Bates out when he left 
him out inadvertently of those in GDA 
class that went to Dartmouth. Charles 
sends warmest regards. tLittle news from 
the secretary. Spinal stynosis prevents my 
playing golf or my 1st love sailing. I'm still 
driving and enjoying TV sports, documen- 
taries, etc. Special note to Ham Bates - 1 
en J°y your notes but they have been 
arriving too late to meet the Archon dead- 
line. Hope to be hearing from you and all 
our classmates for the next issue. ♦ 
Regards to all. 


R.A. Little 


146 Fincks Basin Road 

Little Falls, NY 13365 

(315) 823-1662 

Jim Monroe states: "We seem to be keep 
busy - wonder how I did it when had to 
sandwich in some business into the 
schedule. Last year we were out of town 
almost 50% of the time, including three 
months in Palm Desert, CA. Would love to 
hear from other GDA'ers in our Cincinnati 
(Covington) home or CA." 



Seward E. Pomeroy 

Class Secretary 

29 Berwick Lane 

Worcester, MA 01602 

(508) 752-7469 

Had a card from "Mr. Bill Hill" offering 
"Greetings from Maine", and reporting 
that he and Mary will officially have moved 
on September 23rd to their new home in 
Topsham, ME. They spent the summer at 
Popham Beach in Maine, and returned to 
Naugatuck CT to close out their affairs in 
the Naugatuck Valley. A neighbor of ours 
in Rhode Island (where we spend some 
time each summer) was driving home to 
Naugatuck to "attend a large going-away 
bash for Bill and Mary." We may have 
some details from this correspondent later. 

♦ Peter Klaussen writes an uplifting note 
of his activities: "So we're all 'retired', but 
many very active indeed. I've been 
teaching cross-country Skiing at Squaw 
Valley the past four winters (I enjoy intro- 
ducing people to an aerobic sport in the 
winter wonderland). Summers, between 
golf and hiking the Sierra, I do odd car- 
pentry jobs for friends - decks, repairs and 
such. Also I am now a Fish and Game 
Commissioner for the Lake Tahoe area of 
Placer County. All to keep the vital juices 
flowing." ♦ Good to have a card from 
Steve Houtz in San Diego who reports that 
he is back to a full-time job again - the 
result of consulting work he had been 
doing. He says, "It was an offer he 
couldn't refuse!" Steve apparently was in 
the Boston area this past spring: "What a 
monsoon!" he wrote. Very true. Some 
records were set in rainfall in June, so he 
would have been here at the wrong time. 

♦ Ted Stitt and his wife Joy returned in 
September to their home in New 
Hampshire from a trip to Alaska, which he 
described as "fabulous!" ♦ The saddest 
news for our class comes from the obituary 

page in this issue of The Archon in the 
deaths of John Mortimer and his lovely 
wife, Hilda, off Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia 
on Swissair Flight 111. Cornie and I had 
discovered when we were all back in 
Byfield for our 50th Reunion in 1992 that 
John had married a classmate of Cornie's 
at Mt. Holyoke College. A couple of years 
ago we drove down to Riverside CT and 
then over to Stamford to the Mortimers 
attractive home on Long Island Sound for 
a mini Mt. Holyoke reunion. Since this 
was an all women's party, John and I took 
off for the Hyatt Hotel in Riverside for our 
own two-man reunion. My remembrance 
of John in school was not only of the very 
sharp athlete that he was, but also of a 
quiet, almost shy young man who was very 
caring for the people around him. This 
trait John carried with him throughout his 
life. This was clearly demonstrated in the 
Stamford Advocate on September 4th, just 
after the plane crash. When The Times 
wanted to change it's printing presses to 
better automate its operations, John nego- 
tiated "a landmark agreement... The 
printers' union agreed to let the new 
machinery in, while workers were guaran- 
teed to be trained in the new equipment or 
be paid for life. Although he represented 
management, Mr. Mortimer believed 
'working people deserve a good deal', his 
daughter (Claire) said." Hilda Mortimer 
had similar compassions, and spent her life 
committed to working with exchange stu- 
dents world-wide for the betterment of 
their lives. John joined his wife in fur- 
thering social justice. His daughter Claire 
is quoted again in The Advocate as noting 
that when she was in high school, "every 
weekend our garage was where everyone 
brought clothes and school supplies. (My 
father) invited homeless people into our 
house, single women with children, many 
of whom lived with us for several years and 
became part of our family." John's activi- 
ties with group organizations were many. 
"He was a lifetime member of the NAACP 
and sat on the national board of a national 
scholarship fund for African Americans as 
well as belonging to many other boards." 
Art Sager sent me a letter in which he 
writes, "I always admired John when he 
was at GDA. He was not only an excellent 
student but also a real leader. I did not see 
him too often after his graduation, but the 
school was proud of his continual progress 
at the New York Times where he became a 
Senior Vice President." John retired from 
The Times in 1983. Buster Navins phoned 
me to pass along his condolences. 
Speaking of both John and his brother 
Donald who were in school together, "they 

The Archon — Fall/Winter 1998-99 41 

Class Notes 

were wonderful boys not only to coach but 
in every other way, too." Buster com- 
mented on his close relations with their 
parents, and said that this was really very 
sad news about John and Hilda for us all. 
In USAToday on September 8, John's 
daughter said in Peggy's Cove that "I 
derive a great deal of comfort from being 
here close to their spirits and seeing what a 
beautiful place it is." Like many others, 
Claire Mortimer carried away a bottle of 
ocean water from Peggy's Cove, the paper 
reported. Memorial services were held in 
Nova Scotia for the 229 passengers and 
crew, and a special service for the 
Mortimers took place in Old Greenwich CT 
at the end of September. On behalf of our 
own class, and those at school who knew or 
were associated with John and Hilda, we 
extend our deepest sympathies to both of 
these families in what has to be extraordi- 
narily difficult times. 



Benjamin B. Brewster 


88 Warren Avenue 

Plymouth, MA 02360 

(508) 746-1306 

Walt McGill: "After 50 years in Norwich, 
CT, we have pulled up stakes and moved to 
Mystic. The moving process was a real 
challenge - never worked so hard in my 
life! We're now settled and would welcome 
visitors who might be in the area - 
860-536-4590. Bob Morrell: "Will have 
worked at the same job for 50 years. We 
have three children with six grandkids. 
Hobbies - golf, fly fishing, gardening, 
woodturning, and a little traveling. We are 
active in community activities and are for- 
tunate to enjoy good health. Huck 
Leinbach: "Retired to Urbanna, VA and 
play with a 1964 Egg Harbor wooden 
power boat. I am starting life again with a 
new wife. I was a family of 8 people, I am 
now a family of 24, all great people. 
Retirement is the best, but growing old is 
for the birds. Pete Staples: "I'm enjoying 
retirement. Ann and I have done some 
traveling, but never long away from home 
on the shores of Long Island Sound. 
Daughter Nancy and family live nearby. 
Bob Wadleigh: "Life continues with a lot of 
travel from Florida. Three months in MA 
with trips to Canada and Maine. In the 
winter I go to Costa Rica for 1-2 months 
where I have friends and business inter- 

ests. My family is scattered from Maine to 
California to Mali, best wishes to my class- 
mates with fond memories. Your secretary 
joins in the last statement and hopes to 
hear from more of you. 



Steven K. Kauffman 


137 Jefferson's Hundred 

Williamsburg, VA 23185-8910 

(757) 220-9013 

55th Class Reunion 
June 11, 12,13, 1999 

Andy Brillhart says he and his wife, 
Sandra, will be spending the winter in 
South Padre Island, Texas near 
Brownsville starting in November. Andy's 
wife has M.S. and is somewhat handi- 
capped. He says he is in the Port Isabelle 
phone book if any classmates pass by. 
♦ Nat Dummer and his wife visited Mount 
Rushmore in the Black Hills of South 
Dakota in July. Says it is, "A truly awe 
inspiring sight." ♦ Pinky Whitney and 
Kay, his wife, ventured back to G.DA. for 
Parent's Day! (and the) dedication of the 
new science building. They managed to 
catch up with Bob and Nancy Tannebring, 
(and ) even took their picture! "Twas fun 
to see them and bring back the days of 
Duncon House and Ted Barry! (Pinky likes 
exclamation points.) Now, James 'Squaw' 
Waugh and I have written each other a bit. 
But so far haven't been able to connect. 
Went back to Camp Winona last August, 
(and) caught up with Ben Mann! That 
took us back as we were tent mates and at 
G.DA. at the same time." ♦ Teresa and I 
are going to Massachusetts in September 
for the wedding of a niece. We will stay on 
in MA for ten days house sitting for two 
teenage grandnephews while their parents, 
not the newlyweds, vacation in Hawaii. 
Hope during that time to visit old school 
campuses (or is it campi?) including G.DA. 
and Tufts in Medford. During the summer 
we had houseguests on two occasions for a 
week each time. First, three young boys 
and their mentor from inner city Boston 
and later an India Indian professor and a 
Sri Lankan lady doctor, both here in 
Williamsburg for an international anthro- 
pological meeting. On both occasions we 
were impressed by and enjoyed our guests. 
Been a long hot summer. ♦ I wish more of 
you would write. Trivia is welcome. 



Richard A Cousins 


71 Federal Street 

Newburyport, MA 01950 

(978) 462-4542 

It is a sad duty to note the death of our 
classmate Thomas D. Brown II on May 29, 
1998 in Hyannis. On behalf of the class I 
extend our sympathy to his widow, Betsey, 
and to his family. ♦ Brad Alden writes 
"Sylvia and I are off on a two week tour 
of Portugal and Spain. We will be off for 
our place in Venice, FL in eary October. 
♦ Don Palais and I had two very pleasant 
visits with classmates last summer. 
Bob Steinert is living at Rivermead in 
Peterbough, NH where he is making good 
progress recovering from a stroke. He 
hopes to be able to drive a car again before 
long. We had a good lunch and a fine visit. 
Stan Hamel gave us a brief tour around 
the Wolfeboro area. We had lunch at Bald 
Peak and the view was spectacular. Stan 
showed us some of his antique cars, 
including the beautifully maintained 
Mercury station wagon (wood panels) he 
has owned since 1947. It is a gem. 



George E. Duffy 


2332 Chrysanthemum Street 

Tucson, AZ 85737 

(520) 825-4710 

Sparse but meaty tid bits this time around 
- from New York (Buffalo), Green Bay and 
Texas. ♦ Brew Hemenway reports that 
it's been a "quiet year" with trips from 
Buffalo to Maine, the Berkshires, Ontario, 
California and Yosemite. In 1999 the peri- 
patetic couple will form another pair to 
sail a '62 ketch to the Virgin Islands. 
Later on, a house in Orvieto, Italy. Bon 
Voyage, old friends. ♦ Warren Hill's brief 
communique indicates that he's been 
"plodding along" with time out in an 
exotic location - like Chile. ♦ Lyndy 
Watkins and his wife, Marilyn have had 
an "interesting and fun summer". They 
attended a reunion of old Boston Whaler 
employees (over 30) in Castleton, Virginia. 
In July 43 members of their Yacht Club 
charted trawlers on scenic and picturesque 
Chesapeake Bay. Great marinas and 
restaurants in profusion! Labor Day plans 

42 The Archon — Fall/Winter 1998-99 

centered on a trip to Las Vegas to visit 
Lyndy's oldest daughter and sample the 
"fun and games". 



Homer Ambrose 


5601 Seminary Road, #2205N 

Falls Church, VA 22041 

(703) 379-8011 



Kenneth Bruce 

Class Secretary 

1299 Foxfire Lane 

Naples, FL 34104 

(941) 643-7746 

Henry Dunker was deeply saddened to 
learn of Sam Gwynne's passing. Sam suc- 
ceeded Henry as Class Agent a decade or so 
ago when Henry felt "new blood" in the 
position "would benefit our Class and GDA. 
He proved me right! He did an outstanding 
job, for which all of us should be grateful". 
Henry is a Republican candidate for the 
Massachusetts State Representative for the 
4th Norfolk District. He is optimistic about 
his chances of election. ♦ Jack Deering 
reports that he is delighted to have Homer 
as class secretary. He sees Ed Rogers con- 
stantly and has the good fortune of working 
with Ed's youngest son, Matthew, age 29 - 
a winner in every respect. John is also 
enjoying ongoing conversations with Joe 
Welch, Pete Sutton and Norm Brown. He 
was "privileged" to be at Bates College 
recently when they honored GDA's Art 
Sager '29. He says "It was an honor to be 
part of the proceedings and to have Art 
feted at age 94 and getting younger". He 
has memories of days in Inglam with Ellie 
and Jean racing down the corridors - "spe- 
cial times they were." ♦ Norm Braers 
joined Jack Deering in attending the 
reunion this past June. He states his 
greatest pleasure was "running into my 
nephew, Gary Haselton '73 during the 
memorial service". He will miss Class 
Agent Sam Gwynne's "cajoling, yet 
humorous letters and notes. Bye Sam, and 
bless you." tEd Rogers reports that he is 
"still battling the Stroke of '94 and the Ice 
Storm of '98." He was rejuvenated seeing 
all the '47ers at the reunion and is hoping 
to make it to Reunion '98. His family is 
doing well and in overpopulation hiatus 
with 16 grandchildren the oldest being 
seven. They keep him and Joyce hopping 
and alive. ♦ From Charles McLaughlin: 
Writing edition of F. L. Olmsted Walkers 
Talk of an American Farmer and England 
(New York and London, 1852) 

Well, our 50th has come and gone and the 
dust is still settling. It was a GREAT time 
by any set of standards and all of you 
should be proud of yourselves whether you 
were able to attend or not. ♦ The class 
distinguished itself by winning both 
Alumni weekend prizes. One for total dol- 
lars contributed ($43,534) and the other 
for participation (80%). WOW! The prior 
record was by the class of '47 ($25,000). 
Good luck to the class of '49. The height of 
the crossbar has been set for you. ♦ Here 
goes with some direct excerpts form your 
comments: ♦ (Phil Gemmer) In short, a 
wonderful-fun-time for both me and my 
guest. The rain did not dampen anything. 
Amazing how we "pick up" after so many 
years. ♦ (Ash Eames) The Reunion was 
just great, as everyone was reaching out to 
get reacquainted. The spirit was won- 
derful! We truly missed those who 
couldn't make it and look forward to seeing 
them in '03. ♦ (Fred Beaudry) Kudos to 
all for the 50th! The Class Book out- 
standing. Yvonne and I enjoyed renewing 
acquaintances and making new ones. The 
Glee Club Concert was a real bonus and 
having Art Sager and Ben Stone there was 
truly memorable. ♦ (Tom Magoun) Some 
memory bites, Parker Leighton asking 
Dick Attwill to reread his eight page story - 
Stu Otis asking, on a Sunday, where he 
could buy two lobsters to take back to 
Chicago - The Deuble's and Beaudry's 
coming from Texas - The McCaUum's from 
Michigan - and above all the Elliot's and 
the Attwill's from Calif. An outstanding 
Reunion. ♦ (Bob Hill) As you now know I 
am a very shy person, hardly say anything, 
never tell jokes, etc. Mary Cay and I thor- 
oughly enjoyed the 50th. Great to see so 
many unfamiliar faces and sorry for those 
that did not attend. ♦ (Pete Houston) To 
see and spend time with people you knew 
50 years ago (even if at first you don't rec- 
ognize who they might be) was an exciting 
and wonderful thing to experience. 
♦ (David Rock) Great Polo shirt and an 
amazingly good fit on an oversized alum. 
Congrats on financial milestones. ♦ (Dick 
Attwill) Just wanted to pass along my two 
cents worth about how well the Reunion 
went! My one regret is that the Q&A 

period following the panel couldn't have 
been longer. A lot more of those in atten- 
dance might have opened up about their 
experiences at GDA. Maybe at our 55th! 
♦ (George Bender) I had the most 
delightful time and certainly hope to get 
back to the next one in 2003. ♦ (Dave 
Pierson) The Reunion shirt, color and size, 
is perfect. I shall enjoy showing it off on 
the golf course. Yes, I thought of you all 
weekend while watching the weather fore- 
cast. As expected it sounds as though you 
survived it in good fashion. The Class 
Book was a Class act and to all those who 
worked so hard on it, thanks, it is a real 
treasure. All of you guys must be very sat- 
isfied with the wonderful results! I am 
proud to have been a small part of that 
success. ♦ By the time you read this you 
will probaby already have received a letter 
outlining that a video of our 50th has been 
edited and a copy can be made available to 
you. We had this done primarily for those 
who desperately wanted to attend but 
simply couldn't. The GDA staff did a great 
job even though it won't fully compete with 
Gone With the Wind. ♦ Here are some 
other notes from your classmates: Stu Otis 
says that after a lifetime of the mid- west, 
they are leaving the land of Beaks and 
Cubs and moving to a very rural county in 
Arizona. Just a small house west of 
Phoenix in the desert. We hope Stu lets us 
know his address so we can stay in touch. 
Jim Geyer reports from another Phoenix, 
in Maryland, that he has now retired from 
a career in Engineering at Martin Marietta 
and decided to concentrate his efforts on 
inventing. He says that he and Elizabeth 
have one son, Tom (27), who is a great joy 
and drops in once in a while - especially 
when he needs something. Sound 
Familiar? ♦ Since my last communication 
in an Archon we have lost two of our class- 
mates: Jack Leary deceased February 25, 
1998 (See page 50-51 in our Class Book) 
and Al Leet deceased July 17, 1998. Al's 
wife, Virginia wrote me in early 
September. Their address is 50 Celestial 
Way #210, Juno Beach, FL 33408. One 
behalf of all the GDA Class of '48 we 
express our condolences to the families of 
Jack and Al. They both came from 
Newburyport and attended GDA as day 
students. We will miss them. 

The Archon — Fall/Winter 1998-99 43 

Class Notes 


Thomas R. Emery 
Interim Class Secretary 
312 Rookwood Drive 
Charlotte, VA 22903 
(804) 977-8763 

50th Class Reunion 
June 11, 12, 13, 1999 

First, I want to quote Arch's explanation 
to you on why I became the interim secre- 
tary.. ."One July 26, while visiting a friends 
in Ithaca, NY, my past caught up with me. 
A massive hemorrhage in my large bowel 
resulted in two major abdoininalsurgeries, 
4-1/2 weeks in the hospital, and the abrupt 
loss of 25 lbs. Though still somewhat 
weak, I ;an very much on the mend and as 
you can see, my class secretary duties are 
more than aptly fulfilled by the Lip." As a 
footnote to this, I can report that Arch is 
now back in Williamstown, MA not only 
much better, but also preparing tio move 
forward vigorously as our 50th Reunion 
Chairman. He will be supported by a 
reunion committee composed of: Bill 
Chamberlin, Mason Hall, Bob Hamel, Bill 
Judson, Tom Otis, Gordon Price, Tom 
Sayles, Rick Tyler, Ed Veasey, and myself. 
tl want to give you the first of many 
reunion alerts; the dates of June 11, 12, 
and 13th. Please mark your calendars 
NOW. Note also that you should have 
received the 50th Reunion "kick off' letter 
from our president, Manson. ♦ Now for 
news from classmates: ♦ Bob Godfrey 
wrote, "Enjoying full retirement - closed 
the B7B after 12 years of making someone 
else's bed and spending as much time as 
possible at Biddeford Pool, Maine with our 
children and eight grandchildren, including 
two sets of lively twins. If we can get our 
health together, we might see Arch in 
Australia." ♦ Pete Staler wrote from 
Kauai, "Life is great on the Garden Isle of 
Kauai - I would like to hear from whoever 
visits Kauai. I will not be at the reunion." 
And one more note about Arch - Prior to 
his health trails in July, I played golf with 
him at the Chatham Bars Inn course in 
Chatham on Cape Cod. During the round, 
as we were preparing to tee-off on a down- 
hill 230 yard par four, Arch eloquently and 
graphically regaled the story of how he got 
a hole in one on that hole... And he wants 
strokes from me? ♦ That's all the news 
this time, but remember to please mark 
your calendars for the 50th Reunion for 
June 11, 12 and 13th. We want to see you 
and catch up with your life!!! 



Alan F. Flynn 

Class Secretary 

1 Katherine Road 

Rehoboth,MA 02769-1938 

(508) 252-6482 

Bob Cushman just missed the previous 
Archon with a March 20th card "to let the 
class know that my wife Diane and I are 
working hard to keeping healthy, occupied 
and all the rest of being retired." Poor Bob 
has to spend Feb. and Mar. in Maui, sum- 
mers in Casco Bay, Maine and the rest of 
the year in Marblehead, MA ♦ The 
Southeastern New England GDA '50 Club 
met in Mansfield, MA on April 28th and 
will gather at the ssame site again next 
spring. Those attending in April were 
impressed with the location and look for- 
ward to welcoming more new lcassmates to 
the group next time. My fall letter will 
provide details. ♦ On May 30th Dave Esty 
and I attended a dedication ceremony at 
Providence Country Day School in East 
Providence. Bob Dickerman was preparing 
his current team for the annual alumni 
game, but took time out to be honored as 
the PCD baseball field was officially names 
the "Dickerman Diamond". There was a 
full page headline on the High School 
sports page of the Providence Journal. Bob 
has been coaching baseball at PCD for as 
long as anyone can remember and person- 
ally manicures the field which now bears 
his name. It has been a big year for base- 
ball and for Bob. There is a large sign 
identifying Dickerman Diamond besides 
Bob's Field of Dreams. ♦ Dave Esty is 
"going, going, going in my pink bunny 
suit... still practicing the Zen Buddhist 
notion that work is play and play is work." 

♦ A note from Tim Greene in early June 
told of a visit from Dick and Judy McCoy 
in Chatham on the Cape. The McCoy's 
two daughters have each produced two 
daughters, so grandparenting is a major 
activity. However, Dick is still playing golf 
and is in a senior softball league. He fishes 
for stripers, with much success, and has 
lobster traps. The McCoys plan a trip to 
Kenya this year. (Hope they avoided the 
unpleasantry in Nairobi). Tim was on the 
way to GDA to sing with Art Sager, Ben 
Stone and the alumni Meistersingers in 
their annual reunion concert on June 13th. 

♦ Sometime after taking up headmas- 
tering in Rhode Island, I learned that the 
wife of a nearby headmaster colleaque is 

the sister of our classmate, Jack 
Hattstaedt. She kept me informed of 
Jack's activity as a teacher in Tucson, 
Arizona, until she and her husband moved 
to a school in California. In August I 
received a note form him with the sad 
news that Jack had died in June 15th. 
Jack was a graduate of the Univ. of 
Arizona and resident of Tucson since 1961. 
In addition to his teaching, Jack was active 
in church and civic organizations, and a 
member of bothe the Southern Arizona 
Hiking Club and the Tucson Jazz Society. 
I had hoped to be able to convince Jack 
that our 50th reunion would be the ideal 
time for his first trip back to GDA. 
Instead, it will be an opportunity for us to 
recall those good times with Jack and our 
other deceased or lost classmates. tBut the 
cycle of life continues with the news of the 
arrival of Nicholas William Fletcher, born 
September 5th to parents Mark and Robin 
Fletcher. This is Bill Fletcher's first 
grandson, living in West Barnstable very 
near to Bill and Alma in Osterville on Cape 
Cod. ♦ Bob Comey, now back home in 
NC, reported on a summer rnini-reunion 
lunch in Maine which brought together the 
Boldgetts, Comeys and Cushmans for 
"great fun, great stories, great memories". 
Bob and I are contemplating a possible 
post-season encounter between the Bosox 
and the Tribe. We both fear the worst, tl 
look forward to being at GDA in October 
and my first look at all the new construc- 
tion. I hope to hear from everyone before 
June, 2000. 


Fred H. Barrows 


136 Hope Street 

Bristol, RI 02809 

(401) 254-1909 


Howard C. Reith 


7 Appaloosa Lane 

South Hamilton, MA 01982 

(508) 468-0203 

Fred Hobbs reports that he so still working 
hard as a solo practitioner in his law office 
with no desire or plans to retire. He is 
active in Repulican politics, but his main 
hobby is golf. His oldest son is in law 
school, his daughter graduated from 
Richmond this past May, and his youngest 

44 The Archon — Fall/Winter 1998-99 

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son is on his first year at ? (typical illegible 
lawyer handwriting). ♦ An update from 
Arthur Fass indicates that he is married 
with 3 children and 3 grandchildren. 
Arthur owns an import/export company in 
Newport News, VA traveling to China 3-4 
times per year. His specialty is seafoood. 

♦ Tyler Resch checks in from Bennington, 
Vermont where he is enjoying semi-retire- 
ment as librarian of the Bennington 
Museum doing geneology and Vermont his- 
tory porjects. Congratulations to Tyler for 
his election as Selectman in the Town of 
Shaffsbury, population 3,500. His 13th 
published book of regional history or pho- 
tograghy is due to be published this June. 

♦ Looking ahead to our 50th reunion in 
2001 Dave Pope wrote that he and Sue 
"have been consumed building an adition 
to our beach house." They are going to 
Florida in October to visit Ken and 
Yolanda Bistany and hope, also, to see Art 
Sager. ♦ Ed Stockwell sent news last 
spring that he is "fully retired, more or 
less" (from Bowling Green State 
University). Last summer he and Jan cele- 
brated with an Alaskan cruise and this 
summer were off to San Fransico with his 
brother, David '55, with plans to drive up 
the coast to Port Angeles, WA. -"if El Nino 
has left any coast to drive on." At the time 
of that writing the Stockwells were 
expecting a second granddaughter's immi- 
nent arrival, with plans for to join them 
during their eight weeks at Plum Island. 

♦ I have been expecting to hear the horn 
from Fred Franzius' boat all summer, but 
he sends word that "being St. Gov. of Div. 
29, of the New England District of Kwianis 
has been very rewarding but taxing as 
well." He's involved in starting a new club 
in Old Saybrook and another in Westerly, 
RI and an International Conference in July 
so his sailing must have been curtailed. 
Another grandchild was added to the clan. 

♦ Running the insurance agency and, with 
his wife, the marina keeps Wes Middle 
busy in the summer months. Short vaca- 
tions in the off boating season and visits by 
the 5 grandchildren, also, keep them active. 
He has no thoughts about retirement. 
"Too interested in working and having 
fun." ♦ Bill and Gena Atwell report in 
from their year in France via e-mail. They 
have rented a house in St, Tropez, using it 
as their base of operations as they travel to 
see as much as they can of France and the 
surrounding countries. "This year - in 
France - has been wonderful, since it has 
availed us an opportunity and the time to 
be with the French people, their customs, 
and savor their wine. They have a lot 

going for themselves and, by interring the 
Euro alliance, they will or should be forced 
to rid themselves of some of their baggage 
that is depressing the people and business. 
'Note: I'm sure Bill meant "entering", as a 
Mercergram would have shown "interring" 
to mean burying the Euro alliance, which 
may be what many Frenchmen would 
prefer. On a domestic issue Bill comments, 
"Good old SLICK Willie. Isn't he a great 
role model for our children and our 
country? Their next trip is by jet ferry to 
Corsica for a few days. Return home in 
early December. ♦ I am very involved in 
the restoration of the historic Belvidere 
Hotel in Bristol, which I hope to re-open 
next summer - 50 rooms, tavern, ballroom 
and rooftop retaurant with a spectacular 
view down Narragansett Bay to Newport. 
With a pro bono group (including Dave 
Esty '50) also, restoring one of Rhode 
Island's original fine Statehouses (1816) on 
Bristol Common. Recently started a new 
company, Bristol Bio Sciences, to clean up 
and improve the health of the world with 

an article from the July 10th Vineyard 
Gazette about First Biodiversity Day - 
"Guy is the recepient of a MacArthur 
Foundation genius grant and a superb 
artist who did all the paintings in the 
multi-volume Birds of South America." 



Franklin E. Huntress 

Class Secretary 

5C Independence Way 

Glover Landing 

Marblehead, MA 01945 

(781) 631-4785 

Retirement - Oh what a blessed state 
where true joys are to be found! Now I 
have to find a way to keep of sight of the 
Bishop and assorted family and friends! I 
plan to now finally do the things on the list 
for 64 years! Watch out world!!! ♦ Dave 
Powers reports that it is hard to believe 
that he has been retired for 4 years! He is 
still involved in higher education and 
fundraising with Grenzebach Glier & 
Associates, Inc. which he describes as "a 
wonderful and rewarding relationship". 
♦ Rib Smythe says You are never too old! 
He and Priscilla S. Clute will be married 
September 21, 1998 in Estes Park, CO 
without their 10 children and 5 grandchil- 
dren. Congratulations! ♦ Gus Boss says 
he and Donna are still "Desert Rats". 
They moved to Desert Highlands (home of 
the first two SKINS Games(golf) and view 
of the Valley of Sun form Pinnacle Peak.) 
He is still involved in the hotel business 
but opted out of Doubletree Hotels after 
they merged the company with Promos 
(Embassy Suites, Hamptons Inns, etc.) and 
moved it to Memphis. ♦ Guy Tudor sent 



William C. Pinkham 

Class Secretary 

P.O. Box 369 

Glenmoore, PA 19343 

(610) 942-3273 

A few notes from class members to bring 
us some sanity in the midst of the global 
and financial craziness going on at the 
moment. Good news from D.C... Dave 
Abramson sold his ad agency at the end of 
April and sold his McLean, VA home and 
moved to a 15-acre farm with an 1830 
stone house. (I'll bet you miss the com- 
mute...) He's now only doing crisis man- 
agement consulting, which he's been doing 
for 7 years. Dave has five daughters... 
Wendy is back in D.C. after 10 years in 
Nicaragua, continuing her work on baby 
deaths - 2 grand grand daughters. Stacy is 
a radio documentarian in NYC. Jenny is 
starting senior year at Stamford, and 
Danielle at 12 is at home "where she 
belongs". (We're missing one daughter, 
Dave. That's the problem with small 
cards...). Dave says, "Life is wonderful!" 
Now for the rest of the story... According to 
the Washington Business Journal, Dave 
was a "Washington advertising and public 
relations legend" and founded the agency 
33 years ago. He was also referred to as 
the "Godfather of PR" and "the White 
Shadow" and had played a strong role 
behind the scenes in DC politics. He 
worked on 33 campaigns, winning 33 of 
them. Dave started his advertising career 
at BBDO in NY after graduating from 
Columbia University's graduate school of 
business. Dave has also been a community 
activist and served on the board of the 
Capital Ballet, founded the DC 
Contemporary Dance Theater and is 
working to create an event called Arts for 
DC. He has also served on numerous other 
boards in the area including Greater 
Washington Board of Trade, George 
Washington University Cancer Center, 
National Capital Health Coalition and Cafe 
Atlantico and Jaleo restaurants. Dave 
refrains form blowing his own horn and 
obviously couldn't put all that on one of 
those little reply cards, so one of our under- 
cover agents in Washington sent us the 
information. Based on the newspaper 
photo Dave is in good health and good 

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Class Notes 

spirits and the years have treated him well. 
♦ Don Tracy reminded me that we really 
blew it by not giving him a call when we 
were in Camden this summer. He 
promises as sail on Penobscott Bay if we 
give him a call the next time we're there. 
You can bet on it Don! ♦ From Sante Fe, 
Carl Gibbs sends best wishes and says that 
he is (1) employed, (2) son to be married in 
cooling Wisconsin 11/98, (3) visiting Ireland 
in September to associate with his wife's 
roots and his bad habits (4) they are 
actively well. ♦ Sue and I spent the 
summer sandwiching work between vaca- 
tions... work/vacation New Hampshire & 
Maine/work/vacation Colorado/work/vaca- 
tion Finger Lakes and now work, work, 
work. Weyerhaeuser acquired another fine 
paper mid-summer that adds 30% capacity 
to our business, so it's been a bit hectic. 
After 38 years with Weyerhaeuser, we're 
on the home stretch and plan to cut loose 
and head west a year from now. It gives 
me time to disengage from Weyerhaeuser 
and figure out my next career; and Sue will 
be ready to put her Master's degree in 
adult education to play. Our week in Estes 
Park this summer reaffirmed that it's time 
to engage in new careers in that incredibly 
beautiful area. 



Michael B. Smith 

Class Secretary 

1315 Merrie Ridge Road 

McLean, VA 22101 

(703) 522-4582 

45th Class Reunion 
June 11, 12, 13, 1999 

John Moyer says, "Recently I have formed 
a new partnership with my son and 
another gentleman. Company is called 
Dumas and Moyer. We are located in 
Warren, Ohio Right next to the golf course 
that LPGA is played. Give us a call at 
(330) 609-9934 home, office 330-856-6345." 



George O. Gardner 

Class Secretary 

53 Woodbury Lane 

Acton, MA 01720 


says he and his wife, Valorie, are looking 
for land in Northern New Mexico on which 
to build their retirement hacienda. All 
three of their sons are grown and on their 
own. Their third grandchild arrived this 
summer. ♦ Bob Silberstein has been semi- 
retired for the last 15 years. He divides his 
time between Palm Springs, CA and 
Peoria, IL. ♦ Bill Spence is still building 
nice homes in the Sagamore Beach Cape 
Cod area. He enjoys running his speedboat 
on Narragansett Bay and hanging out in 


James Dean 
Class Secretary 
P.O. Box 186 
South Berwick, ME 03908-0186 
(207) 384-9184 




Lyman A Cousens 

Class Secretary 

4 Goodhue Road 

Boscawen, NH 03303 

(603) 796-6446 


Ralph E. Ardiff 

Class Secretary 

238 Conant Street 

Danvers,MA 01923 

(978) 774-3336 


Mirick Friend 

Class Secretary 

Box 540 

Mirror Lake, NH 03853 

(603) 569-3212 

Tom Doyle reports he is retired and living 
on Chesapeake Bay, enjoying each day - 
one at a time. Sounds great. ♦ Dave Hutt 

40th Class Reunion 
June 11, 12, 13, 1999 

Jim Foley reports, "Well, I can now see the 
light at the end of the tunnel - 3 years to 
retirement. I plan on moving to Maine 
(Augusta/Waterville area), get a place with 
some land and be a totally retired farmer. 
Am looking forward to the big "40th 
Reunion" and hope many guys are 
returning. Have e-mailed some classmates 
and after 40 years did talk with Pete 
Bostwick, chat regularly with John Catlett 
and also John Canepa, class of '61. Like to 
hear from anyone. My e-mail address is 
♦ Geoff Lewis says "Enjoying Retirement! 

and our "new" renovated house. Welcome 
visitors and callers. ♦ Alan Tucker states 
"As of February, 1998 I am officially 
RETIRED!!! and enjoying every minute of 
it! Looking forward to our 40th reunion. 
♦ Robert H. Pouch says, "We have moved 
from our house in Irvington to an apart- 
ment just down the street on the Hudson 
River. Gearing up to the time when we 
may be able to travel and have a little more 
time off! My wife and I became grandpar- 
ents on 6/20/98 - a boy, Christopher 
Edward Pouch, 7 lbs., 6 oz. tWalter B. 
Cannon reports: "Most of our kids are out 
of the house. My wife, Irene and I con- 
tinue to work too hard. Our jobs as physi- 
cians are interesting and challenging but 
there is too much to do. We travel to the 
eastern U.S. and Switzerland as much as 
possible. I am still flying a lot and am 
presently restoring a 1937 Schweizer glider 
that was abandoned in the Mojave Desert 
for 30 years. 



John C. Elwell 

Class Secretary 

266 High Street 

Newburyport, MA 01950 

(978) 462-8749 

Don Alexander writes from my favorite 
country, Maine, that he was sworn in as a 
Justice of the Maine Supreme Court on 
September 2, 1998. I am impressed. 
Congratulations, Don! Can I use your 
name if I get stopped on the Maine 
Turnpike on my many trips to the Norway- 
South Paris area? ♦ Norm Kalat reports 
that he and his wife, Susan, have moved to 
Santa Fe, New Mexico. Their children, 
Karen and Norma, are doing well as an 
analyst for the Federal Reserve Bank and 
the other as a contractor. Wow... one can 
lend money and the other can build with it! 
♦ E. Christopher Prewitt and his wife Jill 
are living in paradise - Hope Town, Abaco, 
Bahamas, where they have taken over the 
Abaco Bahamas Charters, a bare boat sail- 
boat charter company that's been in exis- 
tence for 26 years. They have boats 62' to 
44'. Their web page is 
Also, they have built a house, which they 
rent out and their neighbors are from 
Newburyport. Even their Lab Spencer 
loves the area. Both of their children are 
married... one lives in Greensboro, N.C. and 
one in Australia. Sounds like the ideal life 
to me! Anyone want to visit Abacas? 

46 The Archon — Fall/Winter 1998-99 

♦ Brad Conant announced that his oldest 
daughter was married at Castle Hill in 
Ipswich on August 21. I've been there 
many times and it is a beautiful location 
for a wedding! Don't feel too old, Brad... 
one of my sons got married this summer 
also. It seems like just yesterday that he 
was going off to kindergarten. ♦ Dick 
Henry reports that his daughter, Megan, 
will be at Harvard this year studying for 
her M.Ed. Dick tell her to look me up 
when she finishes the Masters Program. 
Daughter, Marion, is a 2nd year med. stu- 
dent at Stanford where she was elected 
president of the medical school council. 
Son, John, is a senior and captain of the 
golf team at College of William and Mary 
while Dick's wife, Anne, continues as Dean 
of Studies at the Lawrenceville School. 
Dick's Architecture and Engineering firm, 
where he is President and CEO, has grown 
in three years from 141 employees in one 
office to 300 plus employees in three offices 
(Princeton, Chicago, and Washington, 
D.C.) Looks like Dick Henry's family is 
doing well. tDavid Connor relates that he 
had a terrific brunch with Buster Navins in 
early August. Buster and his wife now live 
in The Willows, Lyman Street, Westboro, 
MA 01581, where David's mother also 
lives. Dave reports that Buster has lost 
none of his fire. It's good to hear that 
Buster is still dropping those pearls (of 
wisdom) for others to pick up. ♦ Well 
that's the news... my time is up and I thank 
you for yours! Remember the porch light 
is always on for you. 




J Stephen Sawyer 

Class Secretary 

3616 Beech Run Lane 

Mechanicsburg, PA 017055 

(717) 732-3908 


Thomas S. Tobey 

Class Secretary 

59 West Portola Avenue 


Peter P. Morrin 

Class Secretary 

1288 Bassett Avenue 

Louisville, KY 40204 

(502) 456-2397 

Bob Mann writes that he is keeping a 
sharp eye on Bobby Fullerton who has 
moved to Fort Lauderdale. Our Mann in 
Florida says that he is hoping to make it 
through the hurricane season so he'll have 

some houses to sell. Peter Coburn 
attended the 35th Reunion: Peter reports: 
"It was a miserable, rainy day on Saturday 
but it was still nice to see the campus. 
A few days later I left for Namibia for 3 
weeks of birding and general sightseeing. 
I had an 'up close and personal' encounter 
with a hippo but if you want the details 
you will have to come to our 40th!" A note 
from Lewis "Tex" "Long Gone" Gibbons 
relates "I still have Mustang Travel 
International selling business and leisure 
travel in Dallas. Lewis Ranch in the Texas 
Panhandle is doing well when it rains. 
Still married to Marsha after six years. 
She is a residential realtor with Ebby 
Halliday. I have two stepsons, one a sopho- 
more at Arkansas and another a junior in 
high school. I stopped by GDA several 
summers ago on my way to Maine. It was 
fun and nostalgic to see the campus after 
33 years." ♦ I went to Kitty Mercer's 
interment in Henderson, KY. It was a 
beautiful ceremony and it was great to see 
Uncle Tom and Miss Kitty's children, 
Caroline, John and Tom. ♦ From Carson 
Taylor: "My oldest, Sarah will get married 
in June. Willis is a sophomore at 
Connecticut College. I continue as a medi- 
ator - locally in Montana and an arbitrator 
- nationally. Montana is a great environ- 
ment, if you can get by the cold. From Bob 
Fullerton: "The thirty-fifth Reunion, 
Spring '98 was a meteorological disaster. 
Noah had bettah weathah! Nevertheless, a 
few diehards did invigorate the campus 
with their presence. One notable highlight 
was the arrival of Bob "Lover Please" 
Segal for his first-ever GDA reunion. 
Others who shared food, drink, and cama- 
raderie were long distance travelers Frank 
Gummey and his wife Susan from Florida, 
Don Connelly from Florida, (that makes 
three current Floridians including me), 
Randy Langenbach from California, Jeff 
Ellis from Nevada by way of California and 
of course, old faithful, Peter Coburn from 
Massachusetts. ♦ The weather was atro- 
cious, but had it been better there were 
rumors that Bob Cate might have been 
there. Jim Canepa was planning to attend 
but decided not to at the last minute due to 
an ailment approaching double-pneumonia 
with raging sniffles and an overactive 
intestine (or something like that). 
♦ It dawned on me that is a fair number 
of people can get to Byfield from miles 
and miles away, why can't those nearby 
manage a one-day visit from the close-by 
environs? Where was J (no period) Forbes? 
Where was Jeff DeVeber? Kow about 
Howie? Teddy, wherefore art thou? And 
Rusty, I can walk to GDA from your house 

in less than a day! Might there be fear of 
being 'hit up for money'? Don't happen, 
guys - at least not at the reunion. It's a 
little further to drive, but it would have 
been great to see Chad, as it always is; and 
Terry Delano; and TJ whom I am sure has 
a 'wicked good' southern accent by now 
from living down in the Carolinas. 
♦ I get into trouble with Robert Frost 
(alias Bene) Mann from time to time. 
He's as nutty as ever and even on a bad 
day, he's up!!! Some day I'll relate my first 
formal dinner at his house where pork 
chops, eaten directly from the barbecue 
fork Tom Jones-style, were served IN HIS 
SWIMMING POOL!! The second course 
was Caesar salad served to us by his lovely 
wife, Mary, off the 12-foot pool skimmer. 
There's more to the story, but it'll have to 
wait. Bene GUARANTEES me that he 
will be at the Fiftieth! ♦ I manage to get 
together with Jeff Ellis roughly every 
month or two. He's visited Fort 
Lauderdale twice on Miami layovers and in 
September, I'll visit him in Dayton, NV to 
go to the annual Reno Air Races and per- 
haps scare a few legitimate golfers. Other 
than that, the summer in Florida has not 
been as bad as I was anticipating - actually, 
it's been quite nice. Anyone visiting this 
wintah, please call - I'm in da book!" 



H. Laurence Henchey 

8 Orris Street 

Melrose, MA 02176 

(781) 662-2588 

35th Class Reunion 
June 11, 12, 13, 1999 

The themes for this issue are in, out and 
around (although not necessarily in that 
order). By the time you read this, I hope 
that many of us have been around campus 
for a fall mini-reunion featuring Peter 
Thomas, our planetary scientist. If 
you couldn't attend but have Internet 
access, look up some of Peter's exploits 
on the Cornell University web site 
( Around Byfield, 
the campus has a new look with the recent 
additions, namely the new library and 
math/science center. Lou Higgins is still 
raving about last fall's visit with daughter 
Jennifer. Lou was particularly impressed 
with the harmonious integration of the 
new with the old. This summer Lou 
hosted to headmaster Peter Bradgon and 
son Bill in upstate New York and spent 
relaxing day on Cranberry Lake with 
Dottie and Peter. As you may have read 
elsewhere, Robert Canterbury, David 

The Archon — Fall/Winter 1998-99 47 

Class Notes 

Gearhart and John Mercer attended diver- 
sity day at GDA last April. Robert and 
David have been particularly involved in 
shaping a more hospitable environment for 
diversity at the academy. ♦ Bryan Hamric 
reports that the Dallas Cowboys are defi- 
nitely OUT. He has offered to trade his 
season tickets for tickets to any other team 
in any other sport - professional or ama- 
teur. Maybe the new coaching staff will 
eventually bring him back, but we'll see. 
The big IN is sailing for Robert Farnum. 
After a long hiatus from the sport, Bob got 
hooked on crewing for a week of racing at 
Block Island. In rapid order he was 
making Bermuda, Newport and Penobscot 
Bay his ports of call. He enjoys both racing 
and sailing for fun. Bob: I didn't think 
that these were mutually exclusive cate- 
gories. ♦ The countdown is on to our 35th 
reunion. As always, suggestions and com- 
ments are welcome. 



Kenneth A Linberg 

Class Secretary 

6775A Pasado Road 

Isla Vista, CA 93117 

(805) 685-1868 

John Chandler Hill has been pursuing his 
acting career in Southern California where 
he resided for several months in the late 
spring and summer. During this time both 
Craig Johnson and Ken Linberg had the 
good fortune of welcoming John to Santa 
Barbara on several enjoyable occasions. 
(See picture.) We certainly hope such visits 
will become more frequent as his craft 
becomes bi-coastal. 



Secretary Needed 

From Harral "Scott" Tenney II: Well, so 
much has happened since I last corre- 
sponded with you all. I just got back from 
a 2-year program in Tibet. The main goal 
in this program was to aid in the Freedom 
of Tibet. Now I am just settling down with 
my wife, Pat, and two kids Moonbeam and 
Friday. ♦ From Dave Oliker: I would like 
to let my classmates know son, Joe is 
entering his sophomore year at GDA - a 
legacy in the making. Unfortunately, he 
won't be helping the wrestling team. He 
has hockey aspirations. Daughter, Sarah, 
just graduated from Colgate. Daughter, 

Lorin, is a junior at Tufts. ♦From David 
Stonebraker: I'm continuing now, in my 
23rd year at Hebron Academy (ME), con- 
templating new beginnings after the death 
of my wife, and am watching with interest 
and pride the growth of sons Austin (Colby 
'02) and Ben (Holerness '01). I cannot 
pass the GDA sign without triggering the 
memories of the times on campus." 


Bennett H. Beach 

J f f^^ Class Secretary 

f^± I 7207 Denton Road 

\J I Bethesda, MD 20814 

(301) 951-9643 

Bad news: Rem Clark's mother has just 
sold the beach house where the Class of '67 
held its graduation party. We're hoping to 
get it listed on the National Register of 
Historic Places. ♦ A lot of us are dealing 
with the college application process. George 
Swift hasn't hit that stage of life yet, but 
Parker, a seventh grader, recently took the 
SATs, by invitation. Call Parker if you 
have a computer problem. Last summer, 
the whole family rafted the Chattooga 
River, where Deliverance was filmed. 
George is treasurer of the local YMCA and 
hospital. ♦ John Butler has finally stepped 
down after 13 years as a selectman on Mt. 
Desert. He continues to run the Mount 
Desert Yacht Yard. ♦ Just as John retired 
from public office, Bill Haggerty was 
elected to a five-year term on the Rehoboth 
(MA) Planning Board. He's determined to 
save some open space. Bill's job as a pre- 
cious metals trader (mostly gold) has just 
been shifted from Providence to Boston, 
lengthening his commute. ♦ Bill Alfond's 
son Justin, Tulane degree in hand, has set 
off for South Africa to be part of the 
Sunshine Pro Golf Tour. He'll return to 
New England in the spring to see sister 
Kendon graduate from Brown and brother 
Reis graduate from Noble & Greenough. 

♦ Dick Boucher is in the Gulf of Mexico 
nearly every day and reports that the cli- 
mate on Florida's western coast suits him 
just fine. Now retired from the construc- 
tion business, Dick is dabbling in real 
estate. ♦ The report from Camp Georges 
is that Jeff Forte survived those 95-m.p.h. 
winds. His Key West home lost a back 
porch screen and a front yard tree, but 
that's about it. ♦ Gene Romero and Dave 
Marsh spent a pleasant August weekend 
sailing on Cape Cod and playing grapes. 

♦ Russ Bolles will be part of the class's 

first wave to hit 50. It happens Christmas 
Eve, the busiest day of the year in his line 
of work. Russ is managing to get away 
from the Ipswich Bottle Shop a little more 
often nowadays and likes to visit his 
Vermont getaway. He's also part of an 
investment club. ♦ Paul Hemmerich's 
two-year-old architecture business con- 
tinues to grow. Good thing; all three 
daughters are now in college (Reed, Ithaca, 
Bates). He and his wife, Bart, had a great 
week last summer cycling through 
Vermont's Northeast Kingdom - Wayne 
Noel Country. ♦ More on joint spousal 
activities: Don Gay and Emily sang in an 
opera, "Turandot," this fall at the 
Michigan Opera Theatre. Don continues to 
coach lacrosse, and every summer he's at a 
Rutgers summer camp. ♦ If you see a 20- 
pound striper looking for a fly rod, get in 
touch with Jeff Harris. When he's not 
searching for that fish, Jeff is golfing, 
working, or talking to Rem Clark at the 
Cask & Flagon after Red Sox victories. 

♦ Andy Rimmington had his first reunion 
with a classmate in August when he blew 
into Washington, D.C., from British 
Columbia to visit grad schools. He and 
Ben Beach met in the Dickie Lee Fan 
Clubhouse and then saw the sights. Andy, 
who has completed a thesis for his grad- 
uate program at the Univ. of British 
Columbia ("The Train to Wherever It Is"), 
and has written an interesting paper on 
the early boarding schools (copies avail- 
able), looked at several top universities 
along the Northeast Corridor and hopes to 
report for his Ph.D. program next fall. He 
enjoyed the opportunity to ride AMTRAK 

♦ Anthony Gerard is puzzling about where 
to spend December 31, 1999. How about 
The Port? ♦ All three of Mick Doolittle's 
daughters are now in high school, and he's 
spending a lot of time at school functions. 
The rest of the time he tries not to think 
about college tuition. ♦ Confirmed 
southern Californian Alan Rothfeld 
stopped by GDA last summer and reports 
that his family was suitably impressed. 

♦ Still waiting for the next Nobody Special 
hit? Ala Dion and Diana, the lead singer 
seems to be going off to become a solo act. 
Reid Pugh has entered four songs in a 
Nashville songwriting contest. The former 
heart throb (at Walnut Hill, anyhow) 
seems to be taking inspiration from son 
Brad, whose band has just released a CD, 
titled, "Back to That House in the Pines." 
(Just a joke, boys). Jim Nevius has just hit 

48 The Archon — Fall/Winter 1998-99 

the 25-year mark with Amerada Hess. Jim 
reports he's playing more golf - but not 
scoring much. Andrew Rimmington e- 
mailed "I had many excellent teachers at 
GDA, but my two years in A. Macdonald 
Murphy's English classes around the sem- 
inar table in Frost were decisive in shaping 
the interests and ambitions of my life. The 
news of his death October 12 reminded me 
once again of my great debt to him. Those 
of us who studied under him will never 
forget Mac's vivid and witty elucidations of 
great literature, his patient but uncompro- 
mising insistence on clear reasoning and 
exact expression, and the inimitable mock 
diatribes, punctuated by waving of specta- 
cles and occasional spluttering fits, in 
which he cheerfully denounced all forms of 
literary cant and pretentiousness. One of 
my chief treasures is the battered copy of 
Gummere's Beowulf, from Mac's student 
days at Harvard, which he "lent" me and 
refused to take back. I photocopy selections 
from it every year for my own students. As 
I prepare for my long-deferred doctoral 
studies in English, I know I would never 
have chosen this path without Mac 
Murphy's encouragement and example 
thirty-odd years ago. He was a good friend, 
and a very great teacher." 



Daniel C. Look 

Class Secretary 

3287 Whitfield Drive 

Marietta, GA 30062 

(770) 977-3135 

Notice received from Gargill, Sassoon & 
Rudolph LLP, Counsellors at Law: "Jim 
Rulolph was recognized in Boston 
Magazine's recent Best of Boston issue as 
'Best Lawyer of 1998.' He was plaintiffs 
counsel in Berkowitz vs. Legal Sea Foods, 
Inc., a highly publicized dispute involving a 
family business that owns a chain of sea 
food restaurants. Jim is a partner in the 
Boston law firm of Gargill, Sassoon & 
Rudolph, which has fifteen attorneys. Jim 
is on the GDA Board of Trustees." 



Jeffrey L. Gordon 

Class Secretary 

Glen Farm Road 

Portsmouth, RI 02871 

(401) 849-5893 

30th Class Reunion 
June 11, 12, 13, 1999 

From Steve Lee: "Haven't seen or heard 
from a G.D.(A.) soul! Will I go to the 

reunion? Depends on who is there that I 
can spill a drink on... Business is good, the 
market is good. Family including sons 
Adam (Junior - URD and Peter (8th grade) 
is well. Remembrances are sweet - this 
causes me to stop and think." 



J. Randall Whitney 

Class Secretary 

183 Nashoba Road 

Concord, MA 01742 

(978) 369-0914 

Bill Mitchell visited the campus for the 
first time since 1969. While the campus 
was in great shape, he did miss seeing 
coats and ties. Married 24 years, two sons, 
one in college, he sends his best to all. 

♦ Bob Jaffe writes that he is still working 
in the theater. He directed a concert ver- 
sion of a new musical and is currently 
directing a new one character play this fall. 
His production of "lunchroom tales natural 
history of the cafetorium" will be per- 
formed at Suny/Purchase, UCLA, and Cal 
Poly in the 1998-99 season. (Better get 
tickets!) As if this isn't enough, Bob has 
recently been named producing director of 
"the night kitchen", a national theater for 
family audiences. ♦ Jeff Brown and Jack 
Cutler are still "high pointing" it. Jeff 
writes that he met Jack on the 
Appalachian Trail in Maine. Jeffs 1995 
GDA reunion hat is getting a little tired- 
probably won't wash clean now, he says. 
(There's ONE for reunion 2000!). Jack and 
his wife are expecting their first child in 
September '98-congratulations dad... 

♦ Randy Whitney just dropped daughter 
Catherine '01 off for sophomore year at 
GDA. Time is really flying!! 



Mario Rivera 

Class Secretary 

180 SW 78th Avenue 

Margate, FL 33068 

(954) 720-1673 

Mario Rivera: I am living in Margate, 
Florida with Frances - my wife of seven- 
teen years, Kristoffer (a/k/a Jerry Rice) 
aged 12, and Krystle aged 8. I am the 
Corporate Receivables Manager for a man- 
ufacturer of restaurant kitchen, dining 
room, and playground equipment. I also 
have two side businesses that include the 
creation of custom websites and worldwide 
travel. I had lunch with Joe LaPaglia ear- 
lier this year and caught up with John 
Capron who is an attorney in San 
Francisco. If you need California counsel, 

you can count on John... he has provided 
legal advise and recovered on unpaid debts 
for us (hey John... I'll deduct this "free 
advertisement" from your fee!!!). I hope 
that all of you guys out there will be in 
touch soon. My EMAIL address is Steve Connelly has 
EMAIL at By the way, 
who put the Mickey Mouse gloves on the 
Chapel's clock the night before Graduation 
Day? ♦ William Litchfield... In addition to 
Litchfield's, we have recently expanded our 
food service in include The Uptown Take 
Away specializing in fine foods, wines and 
catering. This year my son will be a senior 
at Berwick Academy and plans to attend 
college in a Mid Atlantic state pursuing a 
golf career. ♦ Mike Wellman. . . Hope you 
are well... Kom/Ferry Int'l will probably go 
public (IPO) in November, which keeps 
me, busy with board oversight... interesting 
process. As of July, I now manage the 
offices in Toronto, Boston, Stamford, New 
York, Princeton, and Philadelphia. That 
and the boys, (Michael, Ben, Zach) keep me 
out of trouble. Call and say hello. 

♦ Andrew Nelson... No news but just 
wanted to say hello. Peter Alfond was here 
this summer from Puerto Rico. His 
nephew has built a great new golf course in 
Belgrade Lakes that will be very famous. 

♦ Stephen Connelly... My desk on the 20th 
floor of the AT&T Tower at exit 9 of the 
NJ Turnpike overlooks a very busy portion 
of the state. The traffic below could very 
well contain fellow alumni driving through 
to some other destination. I joined CSC 
Consulting in February and have spent 
three months in Syracuse and two months 
in Chicago. The last few weeks have been 
spent on vacation with family on Long 
Beach Island of the coast of NJ. My par- 
ents celebrated their 50th anniversary this 
year. I enjoy working on challenging pro- 
jects. I'm currently part of the project 
team to deliver an Internet solution for 
AT&T billing. Form digital services, 
Internet access, voice, data and fax, the 
goal is to consolidate billing for each cus- 
tomer, global and local. Looking forward 
to next year so that we can use our new 
Hunter 37 Cutter to cruise in NJ waters. 
Traded our 45 foot Chris Craft that we 
have owned since Kathy and I manned. 
This year we celebrate our 17th anniver- 
sary. Vanessa is a sophomore and plays 
volleyball and basketball. Fortunately, she 
inherited her mothers study habits and is 
an honor student. This fall I get to teach 
how to drive. What a life changing event 
that will be, not only for Vanessa. 

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Class Notes 



Geoffrey A Durham 

Class Secretary 

504 Roosevelt Drive 

Libertyville, IL 60048 

(847) 549-8407 

Michael Driscoll has started his own com- 
pany in Redding, CT, Multicom Marketing, 
which helps companies that exhibit at 
trade shows. Mike says he won't miss 
going to Russia. In his free time he goes 
boating on Long Island Sound or plays 
pedal steel guitar, his latest music quest. 
Although he has to wear cowboy boots to 
play because of the pedal design, don't 
expect to hear any Dolly Parton songs out 
of his basement. ♦ Ben Pearson reports 
all is well in Maine. He had the usual "too 
busy and too short" summer. His and two 
other families just got back from a seven- 
day canoe trip down the Allagash. He says 
L.L.Bean is in the throes of a much-needed 
reorganization that is making things a 
little interesting at work. He hopes all is 
well with everyone else in the class of '72. 

♦ As for the Durham family, Geoff 
Durham reports not much has changed 
recently. Work at Allstate has been very. 
The family is fine. Our 5th grade 
daughter, Andrea, still fills our free time. 

♦ From Brian Lenanie: "As of September, 
1998 I will be a member of Microdata 
Group providing technology consulting for 
a wide variety of clients. I can be reached 
in my new office in Topsfield. 



Richard J. Love 

Class Secretary 

23 Merrimack Street 

Concord, NH 03301 

(603) 228-1530 

Steven W. Smith's sister reports that he 
has a BS in Chemistry for Northeastern 
University and is currently in Dallas, TX. 


Pom J. Toner 
Class Secretary 
223 Riverside Drive 
Fairfield, CT 06430 
(203) 254-2371 

25th Class Reunion 
June 11, 12, 13, 1999 

Can time have passed so fast? Make your 
reservations for our 25th Reunion!! Tim 

Statler and Alec Andrews are leading the 
movement east. For the record, my e-mail 
address is "". 
Feel free to send me notes by e-mail. I have 
been doing the same job for 5 years, yet my 
company has changed 3 times - we were 
acquired first by ADP then by NewsEdge. 
It has always been for the better. My 2 
girls are growing fast, 1st and senior year 
of pre-school. My husband, Steve, joined 3 
other talented lawyers, and started their 
own firm. It has been very fun, and he 
promises me that it will pay off. 

♦ Hopefully, Seth Kilgore will join us in 
June with his new wife, Susan Dilbert. 
Wheeler Gemmer ('75) was at their 
engagement party in New York. 
Congratulations, Seth and Susan. 

♦ Edward Cerier has spent 20 years in 
marketing, the last 9 working at Campbell 
Mithun Esty Advertising in Minneapolis, 
where he was a Vice President. Ed's spe- 
cialty has been learning declining brands 
around. His clients have included General 
Mills, Hostess, Wonder Bread, Land O' 
Lakes, Campbell's Soup and Citibank. 
He's now going into business for himself. 
His company, called Marketing Works, will 
open for business in September. 
Marketing Works is a Marketing 
Development Company (an unaffected way 
to say "consultant"). Ed's focus will be 
solving marketing problems, finding new 
ways for companies to grow, developing 
positionings and writing marketing plans. 
Also, beginning in September, Ed will be 
teaching marketing management at the 
University of St. Thomas' Graduate 
School of Business in St. Paul Minnesota. 
Ed can be reached by e-mail at 
"". Good Luck in your 
new venture. ♦ Pricilla "Bunny" Read 
Romeiser writes that she is still living in 
Cape Cod, raising 3 year old twin sons, 
Trevor and Kohl. "Everyday, two torna- 
does hit my home! My husband, who is a 
veterinarian, keeps bringing home new 
pets to care for. Never a dull moment. 
Hope to make it to the 25th." 

♦ Mary Ellen and Steve Winer just had 
their first child ~ Julian Ashley, born on 
March 30, 1998. "If I had know it would 
be so wonderful, I would have done this 20 
years ago! I am still at Wayside Racquet 
Club in Marlboro starting my 12th year as 
Director of Tennis," writes Steve. 

♦ Raymond Brooks writes, "Steve and I 
have settled in to our new home here in 
Manchester, NH. After many years in 

recovery from alcoholism, I have answered 
a deeply personal call and embarked on a 
career as an alcoholism counselor - 
presently supporting homeless folks in a 
treatment facility. Happy, joyous and free 
are now completed in fulfillment vocation- 
ally." ♦ "Greetings to all from the 
southern shores of Lake Superior. I still 
work for the Health Department in 
Environmental Health. I chair the 
Munising Landfill Authority. My son, 
Thomas III, is 6 and my wife and best 
friend and I are about to celebrate 17 
years. How are Scribner, Appleyard, and 
Torrington?", writes Tom "Bones" 
Moseley. ♦ Debbie Pope Adams and Tom 
Adams are "juicing our vegetables, snow- 
boarding, and rollerblading and tap 
dancing. "Their biggest accomplishment is 
that the kids still enjoy the company of 
their parents. Congratulations on their 
15th wedding anniversary which they cele- 
brated in Paris. Debbie's philosophy - 
enjoy one minute at a time. ♦ "I'm now 
living in Sonoma, CA with my common law 
wife, Avadalupe, and adopted son, Jorge. 
I'm a partner in Bartelt Manufacturing, a 
maker of fine wooden kitchen and house- 
wares. For fun, I sail my 34 foot sloop 
around San Francisco Bay," writes 
Brandon Chase. He invites everyone to 
come visit. ♦ Tim Statler came through 
the east last January where he visited 
GDA He writes that the library looks 
great. Statler International is enjoying 
success and his 19-month-old daughter is 
beautiful. He had dinner with Marsh 
Clune, his wife, 11-year-old son and 2 1/2 
year old daughter at St. Paul's. tMark 
Kolb has 2 children, Molly (3 1/2) and Jay 
(2) who are both blonde, blue-eyed little 
Swedes. He is a DC-10 captain for 
Northwest based in Honolulu. He hopes to 
be back in New Hampshire at his lake 
house soon. ♦ Thanks for all your news - 
keep the notes coming. 



David J. Bohman 

Class Secretary 

308 Trebor Lane 

Dayton, Ohio 45459-4232 

From David Cain: Living at Lake Sunapee, 
NH with 3 great kids. Skiing in winter, 
skiing in summer (water). Selling develop- 
ment lots and building homes. Look us up 
if you're in the area. ♦ David Ingrassia 
and his wife, Gina, announce the birth of 


50 The Archon — Fall/Winter 1998-99 

their fifth child, David Joseph, on 
December 4th, 1997. David reports he is a 
"pastor at Windham Bible Chapel in 
Windham, NH, and is studying as a special 
student at Harvard University." ♦ From 
Rob Kaplin: "Selling manufacturing soft- 
ware in Burlington, MA. Now residing in 
Melrose, MA. New address is 29 Trenton 
St., Melrose, MA 02176 and e-mail to rka- " 



Carol Ann Goldberg-Aydin 

Class Secretary 

301 East 94th Street, 24B 

New York, NY 10128 


From Alfredo Arguello: "Here is a little 
note to inform you that my wife (Dreama), 
Children (Christina, Martin, Michael) and I 
have moved to Paris, France. We are living 
downtown and enjoying greatly the French 
life. I have been promoted to the position 
of General Manager of the X-Ray Business 
for General Electric in Europe, Middle 
East, Africa, and Russia. It is an Exciting 
opportunity with tremendous global chal- 
lenges. We maintain an address in the 
U.S.A. for mailing purposes. All mail is 
automatically redirected to our home in 
Paris. The address is: Alfredo Arguello, 
General Electric, P.O. Box 414 Pouch 
#322, Milwaukee, WI 53201-0414. 



Carolyn L. Borwick 

Class Secretary 

95 Haseltine Street 

Bradford, MA 01835 

(978) 372-9006 


Scott M. Pope 

Class Secretary 

25 Tidewater Farm Road 

Greenland, NH 03840 

(603) 436-2903 

From Dana Stetion: I very much enjoyed 
reunion '98! My son, William, 4 and 
Cynthia, 2 particularly liked breakfast in 
the dining hall (one of the few things 
unchanged in 20 years). See you all in 
'03". ♦ Dr. Gregory Rose writes: "Starting 
private practice as a general radiologist in 
Beaumont, TX." 



Avery K. Woodworth 

Class Secretary 

19 Downfall Road 

Byfield,MA 01922 

(978) 463-2563 

20th Class Reunion 
June 11, 12, 13, 1999 

Linda Miller writes: I'm still teaching 
middle school French and German in Kent 
and Sharon, CT. Kent is part of a pilot 
program where all 7th and 8th graders 
are using laptop computers in all classes. 
It's a challenging program for teachers and 
students alike, but the results are exciting. 
I am also planning to ride the 275-mile 
Boston to New York AIDS Ride this fall. 
The bike training is fun when it isn't 
raining. The fundraising is a bit more 
daunting. I'll gratefully accept contribu- 
tions from any classmates or other alumns. 
♦ An announcement from Choate, Hall & 
Stewart, Attorneys at Law: "We are 
pleased to announce that Henry M. Rosen 
has joined Choate, Hall & Stewart as Of 
Counsel. Mr. Rosen specializes in the 
development and finance of all types of 
large scale commercial real estate, locally 
and nationally. He represents equity 
owners in the development, structuring, 
leasing and permitting of hotels, retail cen- 
ters, office buildings and other income pro- 
ducing property, and in the acquisition and 
disposition of such property. He also has 
extensive experience handling all facets of 
real estate loan financing as well as 
workout and asset recovery transactions, 
for developers and financial institutions. 
Mr. Rosen received his JD, cum laude, 
from Boston University School of Law in 
1986 and his BA, magna cum laude, from 
Tufts University College of Liberal Arts 
and Sciences in 1983." 


Secretary Needed 

From Charlie Atkinson (Kibby): Leslie and 
I are in Redondo Beach, CA now. We love 
the beach life! Not missing the Rochester 
NY weather, but missing friends and 
family. If anyone's in the area, give 
us a call - we're in the phone book." 
♦ Lynne E. Durland says, "Hi, It's 
been a long time. I am still at MIT, 
getting a divorce and doing the single 
Mom stuff to Charles 10, Christopher 8, 
and Elizabeth 5. I'd love to hear from you! 
durland (" ♦ Sally Lee states: 
"I'm a senior secretary at MIT. I just took 

3 weeks off to paint. I am also doing illus- 
trations for a pubushing company in 
Gloucester. I'm hoping someday I can 
paint and illustrate full time. I went to 
Bermuda in April and painted from the 
photos I took there. Having fun!" 

♦ Scott Mason reports: "I am a documen- 
tary producer/reporter for WRAL-TV 
(CBS), Raleigh, NC. My wife, Nina, and I 
are enjoying Raleigh with our two girls, 
Love, 4-1/2 and Genie, 1 year old. tFrom 
Antonio (Tony) Thomas: "My wife and I 
have just moved into our new home and we 
have been very busy with work and the 
kids. Please tell everyone Hi." 

♦ And from John Wise: DAD's Home 
Childcare continues to flourish. I continue 
to be a Home-DAD for Jack, 8 and Ellen 
Grace, 4. My wife, Juke is studying full 
time to become a physician's assistant. I 
still keep in touch with Shep Sutton on a 
fairly regular basis and Chris and Nancy 
Stafford '80 as well. I have taken on the 
duties of editor for the Maine Childcare 
Providers Association Newsletter 
"providers reaching out" and am enjoying 
my time as the editor for "The Southern 
Maine Home DAD's Association newsletter 
as well." 



Jennifer G. Steward 

Class Secretary 

715 Main Street 

Boxford,MA 01921 

(978) 352-7694 


Nancy L. Wickwire 

Class Secretary 

33 Caron Road 

Bedford, NH 03110 

(603) 472-8993 

Claire Dober Danaher: Is on the move 
again! She writes: "Since the Danahers 
are incapable of staying in one place for 
longer than 2.7 nanoseconds, we're about 
to move back to New Haven (64 Ralston 
Ave. Hamden, CT 06517 (203) 287-0778). 
Bill's returning to full time Ph.D. work, 
I'm going back to my job at the Yale School 
of Medicine, and Phoebe is going to day 
care. I've enjoyed being home with her 
these past 10+ months, but I'm looking 
forward to work. We're all well, and 
Phoebe is so WONDERFUL: crawling and 
pulling up everywhere, blabbering and gig- 
gling like the happy girl she is!" ♦ Sally 
Degan: We haven't heard from Sally in a 
long time; she also has a new address and 
phone: Sheep Island, Atkinson NH 03811 
(603)329-4563. She writes: "Living on a 

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Class Notes 

small island in NH keeps me in tune with 
the rhythms of nature. I will be finishing 
my architectural degree in October. Have 
been working for a small residential design 
firm in Lexington MA for the past five 
years. Finally found what I love to do!" 

♦ Bob Low: "Looking forward to another 
year at Holderness. GDA's soccer team is 
coming up again. Holderness Lacrosse = 
1998 Northern New England Champs!! 
Thanks, Heb and Andy! Hello to Peter 
Kravchuk." ♦ Sloan Tyler: "Greetings. I 
just returned from Mongolia where I was 
teaching criminal justice as part of a demo- 
cratic initiative with developing nations. 
Very interesting. I am getting re-married 
in October and somehow managing to bal- 
ance wedding plans with a demanding 
teaching schedule. Madison is a terrific 
child! All is well here." ♦Martha 
(Lawlor) Krauch: Did not send in her card, 
but we get together frequently so I already 
know what her news is: A second 
daughter!! Charlotte was born on June 2, 
1998, 9 1/2 pounds and a healthy and 
happy baby. Martha had a nice summer 
off and returned to teaching 4th Grade in 
Weston, MA at the end of August. 

♦ Nancy (Lord) Wickwire: I am writing 
these notes on September 21, which is 
exactly 9 days after the birth of our second 
child! Layla was born on September 12, 7 
lbs., 1 oz. I am re-learning how to live with 
sleep deprivation. Big brother Ed (age 3 
1/2) alternates between being loving 
towards his sister and being rather aggres- 
sive towards his sister. Luckily, the aggres- 
siveness has started to wane. I will be 
returning to work in early December, and 
am looking forward to the next 3 months 
at home. That's it for class news. Keep 
those cards coming and please send emails 
if that's easier. My email address is: Cheers! 


Caroline S. Krause 

Class Secretary 

242 Locust Street 

Danvers, MA 01923 

(978) 777-2801 

I'm happy to announce a new baby born to 
Peter E. Ross and his wife Mary Elizabeth 
Ross on Monday, June 15th, 1998. Her 
name is Prudence Jillian Ross and she 
joins her older brother Charles Edson Ross 
in the Family! All are well and enjoying 
the summer weather. They will be vaca- 

tioning with the family in August on Cape 
Cod and send their best to everyone in the 
class. Pete was sorry to miss the reunion, 
but since Liz went into labor the next 
morning, I let him know that we all under- 
stood. ♦ Caleb Ham and his wife Tara 
are expecting a child at the end of the 
summer and are currently living in 
Ipswich. ♦ Greg Ehrlich and his lovely 
wife joined us at the reunion with their 
delightful son Sam, age 3, who was my 
lunch date. All I can say is "Sam you're 
the man! Have your people call my people 
and we must do lunch again soon!" The 
family is enjoying their home in Peabody 
and Greg is busy at work these days, but is 
entertaining the idea of returning to school 
to get his masters degree sometime next 
year. ♦ Sarah Breed spent the Reunion 
weekend in old Byfield soaking up all the 
memories exploring the campus changes 
that have evolved over the last 15 years. 
Upon returning to San Francisco she e- 
mailed me with: "I returned to California 
and was immediately back in the music 
scene. I play keyboards with the IRATION 
band. We have an original recording called 
"Whom Shall I Fear" which was produced 
and recorded in Kingston Jamaica. Hard 
Core Reggae and Message Music. We're 
trying to get it on CD but need money. 
Any one wishing to make contributions or 
who has money making ideas can contact: 
Rough Dog Record Productions, Iration 
Band, 333 Chattanooga Street, San 
Francisco, CA 94114, (415) 242-9222. Also, 
I'm a dancer with a Brazilian Dance com- 
pany called Fogo Na Roupa (Fire in 
Clothes). Anyone who has never heard the 
percussive sound of 50 drummers and seen 
the moves of the samba, samba reggae, 
bloco, maracatu, frevol and more will just 
have to check us out! Only one hook, you'll 
have to come to San Francisco to do it. We 
perform locally and often. And, yes, I do 
have a job working for the San Francisco 
School District providing teacher training 
to English teachers. In an ideal world I'd 
be fully financially secure and a full time 
dancer, musical, writer. Such is life. 
Reflection: As a senior I spent time with a 
book of quotations and Matt Walllent 
selecting quotes for our yearbook. He 
choose an excerpt from a Frost poem, 
"Who should miss me hear and long to 
know is I still hold them dear?" I speak for 
myself and I suppose for others when I say 
that we will always hold Matt most dearly 
in our hearts. I'm struck as well by how 

important it is to see the whole person at 
GDA not facades, trappings, or abilities. I 
hope we will continue to send the message 
to the faculty et all. That it is as important 
to provide support and emotional guidance 
to students as it is to provide lacrosse and 
the classics. Matt's death taught me how 
precious and unique life is, but at what an 
expense, what a sacrifice. Sarah - I 
couldn't have expressed itt better! Thank 
you. ♦ The entire Jacobs family of 
Danielle, Dave, their son Drew (age 3) and 
new daughter Billie (3 and a half months 
old) also spent a relaxed lunch on Saturday 
with the group in Byfield on our rainy 
reunion weekend. They then joined sev- 
eral of us in cruising on over to the 
Pescosolido fieldhouse to shoot some hoops 
in the gym! I have some pictures of this! 
So Danielle I'll e-mail them to you soon! 
tRick Stram e-mailed me with: "Hi Carol: 
Sorry to have missed the 15th reunion! I 
have been extremely busy since last fall, as 
I resigned as a Senior Financial Advisor at 
American Express Financial Advisors (for- 
merly IDS) and opened my own financial 
planning firm, Marino, Stram & associates. 
I am living in the Back Bay, having sold 
the house in Duxbury after becoming 
unexpectedly single (AKA divorced). I was 
out of town at the time of the reunion, but 
would love to catch up with everyone. 
Here are my whereabouts: Office: 35 
Braintree Hill Park, Suite 120, Braintree, 
MA 02184, ph. (781) 843-3500, fax (781) 
843-3530; Home: 1 Gloucester Street, Apt. 
#3, Boston, MA 02115, ph. (617) 536-7076. 
Tell everyone that I said hi! Rick". 
♦ I spoke with Letty (Baum )????? just 
before the reunion. She and the family 
were vacationing in Bermuda during the 
reunion, but is enjoying life and sends her 
best to everyone. ♦ Peter Riley and his 
wife Melissa Fay showed that wonderful 
hospitality once again this June and put 
out a great effort on Saturday night by wel- 
coming our class into their lovely rambling 
saltbox in the quiet corner of East 
Kingston, NH. Many of the same faces 
from the weekend on campus attended. 
We also got to see Carlos Cole and Chris 
Perrault and his lovely wife Amy (???). 
Lori Whitney brought her fiance Jeff 
Turner along and we all spent a wonderful 
evening eating shrimp and nachos - and 
kstening to tunes - in the most comfortable 
living room I've ever the pleasure to spend 
the evening in. My never ending thanks to 
both Peter and Melissa for all your hard 

52 The Archon — Fall/Winter 1998-99 

work. You have many grateful guests!!! 
♦ Well, that's all I have for now. I've 
sent out e-mails to the whole crew looking 
for more tidbits, so I'll keep sending them 
in as they are received. Please e-mail 
me back with questions, or call 
(978) 777-2801. 



Cathleen R. Scerbo 

Class Secretary 

360 High Street 

Hampton, NH 03842 

(603) 926-4079 

15th Class Reunion 
June 11, 12, 13, 1999 

Hi to all alumni from the great class of '84! 
It is a gorgeous September here in New 
England and promises to have some of the 
best foliage in years. Hopefully this edi- 
tion of the Archon finds you and your fam- 
ilies healthy and doing well! ♦ We will be 
celebrating our 15th reunion this cxirning 
June, so please starting thinking about 
heading back to quiet little Byfield for the 
weekend (June 11-13). You can check out 
all the changes to our old stomping 
grounds and reminisce about the good old 
days there - when we had to share one 
gym, had only one library and the old 
stone garage was just that, a garage! 
(Didn't we have to walk up hill to classes 
too - both ways!) ♦ Onto the class news! 
Charlie Cashin sent a note from his new 
location in LA. He and wife Kathleen just 
moved there from Alaska. He writes he 
"looks forward to getting back east some- 
time in the near future." (How about next 
June!) In the meantime, he sent along his 
address for anyone who might be in the 
area for a visit - 16215 Jessica Circle, 
Cerritos, CA 90703. He sends his best 
wishes to all. Good luck in your new loca- 
tion Charlie! ♦ Brian O'Dell is working as 
a portfolio manager with State Street 
Research in Boston. He has been married 
since 1994 to Rachel Tadmor and they 
have a son, Ethan, who was born on 
February 21, 1997. Congratulations 
Brian! I am sure Ethan (and the stock 
market) is keeping you on your toes! 
♦ Greg Thomson has just bought a new 
house North of Atlanta. He is working for 
TRW doing business development world- 
wide for the Systems and Information 
Technology group. He also sent along his 
new address - 4010 Lullwater Way, 
Alpharetta, GA 30004. Congratulations on 
your new house, Greg! ♦ Ted Werner 
writes "Karen and I are now living in 
Boxford and have a 13 month old 

daughter." They recently moved back to 
New England from Charlotte, NC. Ted 
has opened up a new office in Boston for 
Philpott, Ball & Co., and investment 
banking company. Welcome back to the 
area! I hope we will be meeting your 
family at reunion! ♦ Roechelle Smith fin- 
ished chiropractic school last year and 
opened a practice in April. Just prior to 
that she had completed a 9-month stint as 
a DB manager for Hewlett Packard. 
Roechelle was the commencement speaker 
this past June for the GDA class of '98! 
That must have been so interesting. I 
would have loved to hear you speak! 
Roechelle is expecting her second child in 
late September. Her first, Julian, was born 
April 3, 1995. She and her husband, Phil 
Cannon, who she is "still madly in love 
with after 6 years", are anticipating a relo- 
cation to Colorado by December. So many 
changes! Please keep us posted on your 
newest arrival and moving plans! Good 
luck. ♦ Harry Taormina is one of my best 
email buddies and writes, "Everything is 
going great down here. Business is 
booming, getting bigger all the time. 
Pretty soon I will have to think about 
expanding somehow to take on more 
work." Harry started his own construction 
business a few years ago in the Virginia 
Beach area. As always, glad to hear you 
and Becky are doing so well, Harry! 
♦ I spoke to Kim Grillo recently who is 
newly engaged and planning to wed in 
Moseley Chapel in the fall of '99. She is 
marrying a captain in the Merchant 
Marines and they plan to live in Concord, 
where she is a partner in her law firm. 
Kim and I have just started working on the 
plans for reunion '99 with the alumni 
offices. It should be a lot of fun so start 
making your plans to be there, if you can! 
tHank Friedman writes from his home in 
northern New Mexico that life is pretty 
good out there for him. This past spring he 
was certified as an intercollegiate lacrosse 
referee and travels all over the states to 
work games. Sounds like a great way to see 
the country! He also writes that he got his 
first subdivision approved in August and is 
starting work on his spec house. He is con- 
tinuing to coach soccer at Taos High 
School. He sends his best to the class of 
'84! So nice hearing you are doing so well 
Hank! ♦ Finally, we have adjusted nicely 
to being a family of five. Ryan Riley arrived 
August 1st and has been a joy to us all. 
Older brothers Sean and Drew just love 
him and haven't asked to send him back 
even once. I am enjoying what probably is 
my last maternity leave, unless I can con- 
vince Dan we need one more kid for an 

even number. Although, even I admit, 
three boys will probably be sufficient to do 
me in and, I expect our grocery bills when 
they are teenagers will be enough to do our 
savings in! Yet, even though I am com- 
pletely out-numbered, I am taking advan- 
tage of these impressionable years. I have 
taught my two oldest boys to say "Mommy 
rules!" so I can remain in control - for a 
little while! ♦ Please keep in touch. If you 
have an email address, please feel free to 
send me mail at 
I am really good at responding! Oh and did 
I mention we are having a reunion in 
June? Hopefully we'll see you there! 


Nathalie E. Ames 

Class Secretary 

2337 N. Commonwealth Ave. 

Apartment IE 

Chicago, IL 606144 

(773) 883-1325 

Suzi (Black) Beck wrote and said: "I'm 
working at a great LaSalle Street law firm 
in downtown in Chicago called Sedgwick, 
Detert, Moran and Arnold doing insurance 
defense work and live out in Clarendon 
Hills with my husband of two years, and 
our black lab, Casey. Life is very good here 
in the Midwest, but I really, really miss 
New England. We try to get back there at 
least once a year just to see the mountains 
of Vermont or New Hampshire." 
Suzi's e-mail address is: 

♦ Quinn Pollock writes: "Life is good. I got 
engaged in June to a beautiful spy down 
here in Washington and I'm working as a 
veterinary pharmaceutical sales represen- 
tative. We are launching a new product as 
I write this and I'm even busier than usual. 
I want to thank everyone for their partici- 
pation in last year's Annual Fund. What a 
success. Thank you! I miss New England 
and I get back up whenever I can. If 
anyone is ever near Washington, please call 
or e-mail me at" 

♦ Dinah Daley loves living in Vermont, she 
writes: "I hope everyone had a wonderful 
summer. I just began a new job at IBM as 
an Event Coordinator managing our divi- 
sion's worldwide customer meeting pro- 
gram. Yeah... I finally got the job I was 
looking for." Dinah's e-mail address is ♦ Josh Holden says 
he quit his job at Tetra Tech NUS after 
four years. He is now working for SAIC 
Engineering in Middleboro, Mass. He 
spent 2 weeks in Montana and 10 days in 
Illinois. He still hangs out in Rockport a 
much as possible and is wondering where 

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Class Notes 

Pete Condon is. Josh's e-mail address is: 

♦ Becky (Chase) Werner and her family 
are moving back to the Boston area in 
November. She can't wait. They now 
have 3 children, Christopher was born in 
July 23rd!! Congratulations!! 

♦ Jessica Gould is living in Houston 
working as a consultant for Booz, Allen & 
Hamilton in the energy group. She is 
enjoying Texas, but the summer has been 
HOT! If anyone is in her area, she would 
love to hear from you: 4848 Pinoak Park 
#109, Houston, TX 77081 (713) 838-0512. 
E-mail address is 

♦ Katrina Russo Ramsey spent a lot of 
time boating with the family - the kids love 
it she wrote. Mitchell just started kinder- 
garten and Eleanor is the queen of dress- 
up. She is always wearing Cinderella 
dresses, bathing suits, ruby slippers, neck- 
laces - you name it! Work is going well for 
her - she is specializing in asthma, osteo- 
porosis, high cholesterol and male hair loss. 
She says hi to everyone! ♦ Andrew 
Menyhart is still practicing law in Florida. 
His son Nicholas is in first grade and 
daughter, Alexa, now 2-1/2 is at home with 
his wife Lissa. Anyone coming to Florida 
give us a call. ♦ Ben Armstrong is doing 
well, he is working hard at MFS in Boston. 
He has enjoyed weekends on Nantucket 
with Sean Mahoney. And has spent time 
visiting his sister Lucy Armstrong '87 (?) at 
Yale Business School. ♦ This has been a 
very busy year for me. I am sorry for the 
last few issues of The Archon and not get- 
ting your updates in on time. If I missed 
something please send it again. Laura is 
four years old and is going to school. She is 
in Junior Kindergarten and loves it. We 
have had a great time together. Over this 
last year we went to Bah, Indonesia, the 
Bahamas, California and Michigan. I also 
got my PADI certification and went diving 
in the Grand Caymans. I take her horse- 
back riding, snorkeiing, climbing, hiking, 
camping, sailing etc. She has my same 
energy level. Work has continued to stay 
strong. It has been a record year for real 
estate in Chicago. I either work really 
hard or play hard - there is not much 

in between. I look forward to hearing 
from you soon. Please e-mail me at 
Nat Ames 



Jennifer Dupre 

Class Secretary 

1 7 Partridge Lane 

Boxford, MA 01921 

(978) 887-1988 

Carey (Quinn) Girolami writes: "Rob 
and I bought our first house in May. 
Luckily is survived another hurricane 
(Hurricane Bonnie). I would love to hear 
from old GDA friends. Our new address is 
4826 Indian Corn Trail, Castle Hayne, NC 
28429 and our e-mail address is ♦ Lee Hayman has 
moved to Philadelphia and is getting mar- 
ried on October 12, 1998 to Matthew 
Podolnick. She is working at a staffing 
company placing people in permanent sales 
positions. She recently saw Kim Mooney 
McNulty and Kim (Carey) Rochford at 
Hedi (Dur) Charde's baby shower. 

♦ Thomas Johnson is now a surgical 
resident at Albany Medical Center. 

♦ Kim Mooney McNulty, MD writes, "I 
had a beautiful baby boy named Andrew 
on June 4th. We are finally moving home 
to Dartmouth, MA in October and I will be 
starting as a Pediatric Ophthalmologist for 
Eye Health in Dartmouth." ♦ Monique 
Proulx writes, "Hi Everyone! Things are 
great. My daughter Bonnie Marie will be a 
year old on October 31. I can't believe it. 
My dad turned 65 this year and I have 
been promoted to president of the 
Equestrian Shop. I still speak to Tanya 
Curry Hoffman often." ♦ Vanessa Hunt 
Nysten is getting married on September 
4th to Patrick Nysten. Carla Rivela 
English is her maid of honor. Margaret 
Asadoorian and Amy Hefford will be 
attending. ♦ And finally, the Dupre 
Family, Marc and Jennifer, welcomed new 
member Madeleine Rose on June 23, 1998 
at 61bs., 4oz., and 19 inches. 



Pamela L. Paradee 

Class Secreatry 

169 Bellevue Street 

Winooski, VT 05404 

(802) 655-7618 

Lots of change in the past six months. 
Amy Mack has moved out to San Francisco 
this past spring and is working for a small 
web company. Lots of fun (and lots of 
work!!!) - hey, any GDA Alum around... 
give her a call or write (415) 771-3312 or 

2661 Sacramento St., San Fran, CA 94115. 
Not too far away from Amy is Chris 
McMorris and his wife down in 
Sacramento. From the last report, Chris 
was getting ready to graduate from 
Columbia and go anywhere the job was. 
Well, congrats... He's working as an archi- 
tectural historian for a firm in Davis, CA. 
A congratulations to the two of you on 
your new family member... their new cat. 
Chris, how's that for paraphrasing? It 
won't be long now, however, before we can 
welcome in the newest member to Anita 
Bartschat's home. She and husband 
Michael are expecting a brother or sister 
for Christopher in October. We'll be 
thinking of you! They have recently made 
another move as well. They have moved to 
Salt Lake City, UT and are only a matter 
of 15 min. to the mountain. Hey Anita, do 
you think Tucker's too young to learn to 
snowboard? Maybe we'll see you for April 
or Feb. vacation. ♦ Dave Naumann and 
his wife Kady just had their second child, a 
girl, Rachel Susannah. He reassures us he 
will be at the next reunion. We'll be 
watching for you Dave, we missed you last 
year. ♦ Dave Murray and Lisa Taplin 
moved to Mt. Dessert Island in Maine this 
spring. Welcome back! She has started 
her own graphic design business and press. 
What a great spot for all the hiking, 
canoeing, and windsurfing you're doing. 

♦ Karen Kagan and Sue Brackbill, give her 
a call at (207) 244-3772. She'd love to hear 
from you. ♦ Taylor and Mollie Twining 
moved to Rumson, NJ this summer. 
Taylor is now working at International 
Security Agency in New York City. All 
those years sneaking around GDA campus 
has paid off in the spy business, huh? Just 
kidding. ♦ Lisa Carrigg is also in NYC. 
She is the Executive Producer of Girls on 
Film, a web site about movies and more. 
Take a look at They 
even just signed a book deal. She was able 
to catch up with Kristen LaBrie at Carla 
Rivela's wedding in June. Lisa said she 
looked AMAZING. I can't imagine any- 
thing less. Congratulations Carla! 

♦ A few more weddings will be coming 
around shortly. Paula McCarthy will be 
married at the GDA Chapel on Nov. 21st 
to Greg Haas. Amy Goldstein and Amy 
Mack will be bridesmaids and her sister 
Linda as the maid of honor. Have fun! 
Andy Rockwell and John Fosdick are both 
getting married, too. Any dates? 

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■ ■ 

Rob Ashworth's wedding in Sept.? Jeff 
Ashworth has seen lots of alums lately 
between the bachelor party and other hap- 
penings. He's been enjoying the summer 
with a little soccer, tennis, and basketball. 
As for baseball, Jeff, good luck getting 
those Sox playoff tickets... if they make it. 
♦ Buzz Crocker is out of coffee and into 
real estate, as a leasing agent. He is still in 
Chicago though. ♦ Kris Kobialka has a 
new job as the membership coordinator for 
the New England Historical Genealogical 
Society in Boston while working on a duel 
masters in archives and history though 
Simmons College. Wow! ♦ A correction... 
Mike Hart is not with Fidelity, but is with 
Alliance Capital as their retirement whole- 
saler. The Hart family has recently moved 
to Haverhill and is enjoying that. As the 
end of August came around, so did the end 
to my maternity leave. I feel so fortunate 
to have had almost seven months at home 
with Tuck before returning to my class- 
room. I'm also pretty lucky to work for a 
district that supports job shares. I have 
returned part time and hired a wonderful 
partner to teach part time with. I have a 
whole new respect for moms working full 
time out of the home as well. Troy and I 
are gearing up for the snow season. 
Should only be a matter of time now. I'm 
looking forward to much boarding this year 
since I lost most of last season. The invita- 
tion is always welcome. If anyone heads 
north, please give a jingle. - Pam 


Erika J. Buell 

Class Secretary 

9 Wesley Street, #4 

Newton Corner, MA 02158 

I've heard from numerous people that the 
Reunion was a success and a fun time was 
had by all - despite the rain. I was dis- 
tressed that the rain kept me trapped in 
Rhode Island and was very disappointed 
that I couldn't see all of you. I ran into 
David Hanlon in downtown Boston 
recently; he and his new wife just moved to 
the South end. ♦ Kara Moheban said that 
it was great to catch up with everyone at 
the reunion and she and Jason also had a 
blast at Brendon O'Brien's wedding. She 
will be working at Sherburne, Powers & 
Needham in the all and her new address is 
23 Brimmer Street, Boston, MA 02108. 
♦ Jenny Petscheck writes that the rain in 
at the reunion convinced her to purchase a 
home in sunny (year round) Napa Valley 
and invites everyone for a visit. ♦ Jill 
Goldman and Andrew Miller were married 

on July 18,1998 in Boston. Reena 
(Manimalethu) Thomas and Rebecca 
(Angell) DeWolfe attended. Jill and 
Andrew spent their honeymoon in Hawaii 
and plan to live in Norton, MA. 

♦ Brian Flemming is presently in his 
second year of the Writing Program at the 
University of Iowa pursuing a Master of 
Fine Arts and spent the summer vaca- 
tioning in Scandinavian countries and 
England. He has a scholarship and teaches 
classes several days a week. In March 1999 
Orion Publishing Company (London) will 
publish a book of his short stories. 

♦ Nichola Krasnakevich is the Vice 
President of Operations for the Cambridge 
Mortgage Group in Boston and will be 
attending Thunderbird, the American 
Graduate School of International 
Management to obtain a Masters of 
International Management in the fall of 
1999. ♦ Hugh Ogilvie couldn't make the 
reunion due to lack of funds and house- 
buying problems but he reports that he is 
now (almost) a fully-fledged criminal 
defense lawyer working in North London. 
He is hoping to come to NYC towards the 
end of the year and sends his regards to 
Cabot Orton and hopes Jeff Abrams will 
get in touch with him soon. Hugh's new 
address is 20 Lyme Street, Camden, 
London NW1 OEE England. ♦ Andy Noel 
had a great summer with his wife, Kate, 
and their new 85 pound chocolate lab, 
Tucker. He is finishing his graduate 
studies at BU during the summer and run- 
ning a hockey camp at RPI. He is in his 
second year as Assistant Athletic Director 
at Lake Forest Academy and sends his con- 
gratulations to Derek and Kim Sullivan on 
their almost new addition to their family. 

♦ In addition, congratulations to Alex and 
Kristen Moody on their nuptials and Alex's 
new job at Shattock St. Mary's School. 

♦ Lisa Ryan (Sweeney) and her husband 
just had their second child, a baby girl, Kali 
Elise on August 18, 1998. Her big sister, 
Madison Leah (b.1/31/97) is also quite 
proud. ♦ Josh Davonport reports, "Big 
things are happening in Portsmouth, NH!" 
He is working with his father as a whole- 
sale gemstone dealer. In March 1998, Josh 
was married to Anna van Unweth, whom 
he met in college, and they are expecting a 
baby in June. 



Kristin A Brown 

Class Secretary 

15 Peabody Terrace, Apt. 21 

Cambridge, MA 02138 


10th Class Reunion 
June 11, 12, 13, 1999 

Greetings fellow '89ers. This is a very 
important year for us as we come upon our 
tenth reunion. Can you believe it? 
Anyway, this is an important year for 
everyone to get in touch and hopefully we 
can have a large turnout (which is typical 
of our class) in June for the festivities. 

♦ Nate Broehl is tuned in to our reunion. 
He says all is well in Sacramento. He con- 
tinues to work for Morton's of Chicago as 
their food and beverage controller. He is 
looking forward to seeing everyone next 
summer. ♦ John Hellerman writes that he 
and his wife just celebrated their one-year 
anniversary (Aug. 31). Congratulations, 
John. They are gearing up for a big vaca- 
tion to St. John at the end of the year and 
then kids. His business is great at his six- 
month-old company (doing media relations 
for corporate law firms). It is already 3 
years ahead of itself in terms of projected 
revenues. He hopes everyone is happy and 
healthy. Jess Cowles also recently cele- 
brated her one-year anniversary. She says 
married life is good. She is still at the 
same job in Back Bay Boston. She moved 
in with her fiance who lives in Medford. 

♦ Rob Ashworth says things have gotten 
crazy since we last heard from him. He 
writes, "graduated from Babson with a 
MBA. Job search did not help my thinning 
hair, but took product manager position at 
TAMOR Corp. (plastics manufacturer). 
Job is going well." He also just got married 
on Labor Day weekend. Matt Downing 
(usher), Rob Wattie, Dan Nadeau, and 
Derek Van Vliet were all there. They gave 
him of "good send off" a few weeks' prior 
and Jeff, Rob's brother, held a great bach- 
elor party, where they visited a respectable 
establishment in Salisbury. He is looking 
forward to Dan's wedding. Dan Nadeau 
will be married by the time this reaches all 
of you. His wedding is planned for October 
3. Matt Downing will also joining the mar- 
ried ranks. He became engaged this 
summer and is planning on getting mar- 
ried next summer. ♦ Amy Russell 
Sheeran just moved from Madison WI to 
South Bend IN. She received her MBA 
from Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison. Before 
the move she traveled with her husband 
throughout Europe for two months. They 

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Class Notes 

are back to reality now. Tom, her hus- 
band, has started the MBA program at 
Notre Dame and Amy is in the middle of a 
job search. They are looking forward to 
cheering on the Fighting Irish. ♦ Tina 
Hilliker writes, "Hello! I'm still living in 
Buffalo. I just recently changed career 
paths and am recruiting for IT and finance 
professionals in the Buffalo area. If anyone 
needs a job, call me! Peter (boyfriend) and 
I are taking a trip to the Netherlands and 
maybe Spain for two weeks. I have kept in 
touch with Lisa Hernandez, Allison Hyder, 
Alison Magee, and Carrie O'Keefe and of 
course, my favorite, Pattie Hall (Walker)." 
♦ Dr. Renee Jespersen is now working on 
her surgical residency on Washington DC. 
She is busy but enjoying it. Ashley 
Newbert recently made a big move out of 
the city. She and her boyfriend are living 
in a beautiful home by the water in 
Marion, MA. She is still working at 
Fidelity. ♦ Jen Ashare, who graduated 
from law school this summer, is now 
working at a law firm on Beacon Hill in 
Boston. ♦ As for me, I have taken a leave 
of absence from my job at GDA and am 
currently attending Harvard as a candidate 
for an EdM degree. I am living in 
Cambridge and loving it although it is a big 
switch from Byfield! I know that Hawley 
Appleton has also moved to Cambridge and 
I am looking forward to seeing her around. 
I guess that is all for now. I hope to con- 
tinue to hear from more of you as we get 
closer to reunion. Anyone interested in 
helping out with reunion should contact 
the Alumni/Development Office. I wish 
everyone a happy and healthy fall. ♦ John 
Wilson says: "Greetings! No I have not 
fallen off the face of the earth again. In 
fact, I am alive and well and have been 
living in Dallas for the last two years. I 
have recently left a very rewarding job with 
GameDay Productions. We produced 
sports prograrnming in Dallas and 
throughout the Southwest. We also syndi- 
cated a national one-hour special pre- 
viewing the Brickyard 400, so some of you 
may have seen my face and heard my voice 
as one of the reporters on the show. 
Needless to say, this was a cool job. The 
highlight was getting to go to the Daytona 
500 and interview Dale Earnhardt after his 
big win. However after five years in the 
business, I am moving on to bigger and 
better things (I'll tell you what it is as soon 
as I'm actually employed). On October 
17th, Miss Kelly Elizabeth Bullard and I 

will be united in marriage in Beaumont, 
Texas. We dated in college and were 
reunited when I moved back to Dallas. 
We've been together ever since and cannot 
wait to spend the rest of our lives with one 
another. We're already talking about a 
June vacation in New England so that we 
can be there for the 10th year reunion 
(how scary is that?). I am also in training. 
In June, citing a need to drop a few pounds 
for my wedding, I began a marathon 
training program designed for running the 
Dallas White Rock Marathon in December. 
If all goes well and I can stay healthy, I'll 
try to run the marathon on December 
13th. I'm currently ruiming four days a 
week and about 25 miles per week. It 
hasn't been easy, but if anyone wants a 
confidence boost, this is a great way to do 
it. Please feel free to contact me. I'd enjoy 
hearing from any classmates. I'm also 
trying to track down Joe Bailey '88, so I'd 
appreciate any information you may be 
able to provide. For those of you that 
remember Luke Wilson, he's quite an actor 
these days. He made his debut in "Bottle 
Rocket" and has a couple of features 
coming out in the next few months. He's 
also dating Drew Barrymore. Strange 
world, huh?" 



Robin A Remick 

Class Secretary 

1755 York Avenue, #9H 

New York, NY 1-128-6866 

(212) 831-4109 


Nicole F. LaTour 

Class Secretary 

127 W. 56th Street 

New York, NY 10019 

(212) 957-1696 

Well another summer has come and gone 
and we have a whole new season of The 
Archon to look forward to. Things here in 
New York continue to be busy ~ Catherine 
Tuthill got a new job this summer at 
Annheisuer Busch where she will do media 
buying, and I am anxiously awaiting to 
reap the benefits of her monthly product 
allowance that she has told me about. 
Catherine and I got to hang out with Billy 
Batchelder here in the big Apple this 
summer as he is in the midst of training 
for his new sales job in Boston and then 
will be off to Omaha Nebraska, where Billy 

started his college career. There is some 
sort of destiny awaiting you in that city for 
sure! ♦ Congratulations to Mia Kerns (for- 
merly Lindenfelzer) on graduating with 
honors from American University Law 
School in May and on her marriage to 
Andrew Kerns on August 29th... attending 
the wedding were Leslie McCant and Leah 
Colangelo. Mia and her husband Andrew 
are living in Northern Virginia where he 
works and is finishing up his MBA and Mia 
started working as well. Also on the wed- 
ding front, two of our very own, Andy 
Mack and Jen Jasse announced their 
engagement this August. There was a 
good-bye dinner for Jen (as she has now 
moved to North Carolina to be with Andy). 
In attendance were Karen Queen, Leah 
Colangelo, Leslie McCant and Toby Levine. 
The following evening, Karen, Toby and 
Alexis Colby met up with the engaged 
couple and family at a bon fire on Plum 
Island where several GDA folk convened. 

♦ Toby is having a great time in Boston, 
her company is rapidly growing and is now 
called She still loves her new 
apartment and has a new zest for fitness as 
she has successfully completed 3 triathlons 
this summer! You go girl. Toby says that 
"she is no Alexis Colby at running, but is 
having fun! " ♦ Karen Queen had a great 
summer working in Boston and saw a lot 
of GDA people and is now back at 
Northeastern for her second year of law 
school. ♦ Leah Colangelo graduated from 
the Bancroft School of Massage Therapy 
on September 26th and is opened her own 
business on October 1st called Global 
Massage Therapy - Congratulations! Her 
business is located on Boston Post Road in 
Marlborough, MA... so stop by and spread 
the word, you know that you will feel 
better afterwards! ♦ Cathy Burgess spent 
her summer between Boston, the Cape and 
Newport, and of course golfed a lot. Cathy 
saw Carey Depree, who was in the area 
visiting from St. John. ♦ Ruby Van Loan 
is still doing social work up in Manchester, 
NH and when she isn't counseling 
patients, she has been busy dog-sitting for 
people, including some illustrious members 
of the area, i.e. the Chief of Police. 

♦ Michael Aron and his wife Michele con- 
tinue to enjoy married life, Michael is fin- 
ishing up at UVA and has started working 
at Smith Barney as a financial consultant. 

♦ That's all for now, I hope that everyone 
is enjoying the fall and will have lots of 
news to report after the holiday season. I 

56 The Archon — Fall/Winter 1998-99 

know this column is fun to read, but unless 
you want me to start making things up, 
you have to help me out... so please keep in 



Joshua C. Lappin 

Class secretary 

1677 Beacon Street, #3 

Brookline,MA 02146 

(617) 731-0868 

I was pleasantly surprised to receive 20 
postcards back from classmates this time 
around. I haven't seen that many since 
the summer after we graduated! It's great 
to see classmates starting to write in who 
have never written in before. ♦ Tim 
Ghetto writes, "Temporarily out of com- 
mission due to a compound fracture of the 
wrist incurred during rollerblading. This 
fall I plan on creating figurative sculpture 
in bronze in PA, then I'm off to San 
Francisco to lead a more decadent 
lifestyle." Keep writing Ghetto! 

♦ Miles Van Rensellear is also in rural PA 
where there is still a surplus of shotguns, 
pool tables and Busch Light (sigh). Miles is 
burning himself regularly while breathing 
in all the carcinogens in the fantastical 
delusion of perpetuating some type of art 
career. Miles would like to make sure that 
Mr. Sperry is aware of the fact that Tim 
"Fungoid" Ghetto finally broke his arm. 

♦ Other PA residents include Kate Atkins 
who is living in Philadelphia and working 
for ACORN, a neighborhood-organizing 
group. Over the summer Kate had a 
chance to meet up with Jen Noon who is 
still living in Boston. ♦ Also in PA is 
Brooke Whiting who is starting her second 
year at UPENN. This summer, Brooke 
was in California working in a fellowship. 
Brooke is also captain of a coed Wharton 
ice hockey team. ♦ All kinds of wedding 
stuff to report. Amy Nicolo reports that 
Jackie Hogan is engaged. Amy and Ian 
Jones '90 traveled to Italy with their twins, 
Blackbelt and Ladybug, who are now 
almost a year old. Carolyn Mclnnis got 
engaged in mid July and will be getting 
married on the Cape next summer. 
Congrats to all of you! ♦ Anyone else get- 
ting married? I hope there are still people 
like me who have no life. I'm in a serious 
relationship with my couch. When I'm not 
watching Sportscenter, I'm usually at work 
with the children of Bancroft School. This 
summer I had a great trip to the south- 
west, where I chaperoned a group of 7th 
graders with another member of the 
faculty here. We covered everything: Las 
Vegas, The Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, 

Zion National Park, Disneyland, Universal 
Studios, San Diego Zoo, and Sea World. I 
had a great time regressing to the seventh 
grade level for two weeks. Other Eastern 
Massachusetts alums seem to be doing 
well. ♦ Grace Jeans is still enjoying her 
work and is now living in Lowell. Grace is 
still managing to find time to play hockey 
with The Ice Sharks. ♦ Erin ElweU 
started grad school this fall at BU for 
occupational therapy and is living in 
Cambridge. ♦ Mike Holbrook recently 
turned 25 and has a "real" job now in 
sales. Mike is enjoying living in Bradford 
where he is dealing with car payments, a 
mortgage, lots of bills, and feeling old. 
♦ Deirdre Heersink took a summer trip 
to Kenya with four GDA students and six 
Newburyport students. Deirdre donated 
books and built a library in the same area 
that she was in 3 years ago. (I thought I 
had a tough trip this summer!) ♦ Tara 
Ryan recently saw Meg Price, '91 who is 
engaged to be married next summer. Tara 
still works as the vice president of Ryan 
Financial, and this summer spent a lot of 
time on her boat with her boyfriend and 
dog on the pond next to her new house in 
North Reading. ♦ Justin Philbrick is back 
at UNH finishing things up in an effort to 
pursue his New Hampshire Administrators 
license. Colin Nix is busy at work with his 
dad scamming people out of money. Gus 
Mergins writes, "Yak, yak, yak, yak, blah, 
blah, blah." Gus lives in Chicago. Joe 
Montminy is busy in law school at The 
University of Miami. This summer, Joe 
studied abroad at The University of 
London and at Oxford. Cassie Wicks has 
moved to Raleigh, NC and is working at a 
boarding school as a dorm parent. Cassie 
also works in student activities. She 
reports that she is enjoying her work, but 
it's very different than GDA. Cassie has 
kept in touch with Amy Daniels who is still 
living in the North End and Candice 
Denby who is living in San Francisco. Also 
in California is Melanie Robinson who is 
living in LA. Melanie has kept in touch 
with Ana Garcia, Nicki Holmes who just 
finished up her masters, Ardy Lewis and 
Sophia Mahari who is a third year medical 
student. ♦ Finally, Jon Kazanjian writes 
that he loves his job at Modern Continental 
and is getting more and more responsi- 
bility. Jon coached little league baseball 
team this summer in Charleston. Evidently 
his team lost a heartbreaker in the champi- 
onship game. ♦ That's all for now. Keep 
me up to date with all the big news! 




Saundra E. Watson 

Class Secretary 

81 Governor Winthrop Road 

Somerville, MA 02145 

(617) 776-5286 


Kristen L. Marvin 

Class Secretary 

7440 North Sepulveda Blvd. #330 

Van Nuys, CA 91405 

(818) 901-8994 

5th Class Reunion 
June 11, 12, 13, 1999 

It was nice to hear from more people this 
Archon. It seems as though the Class of 
1994 is doing some interesting things. I 
am living here in Los Angeles, working for 
"The Drew Carey Show". ♦ Mike Nannis 
is getting married to Sherry Webster on 
September 26th. Leon Rodriquez and Nick 
Tibbetts are both in the wedding. Sherry 
and Mike have bought a house in Deny, 
NH and have been living there since 
December 1997. Mike is in the testing 
phases of becoming a police officer. 

♦ Justin Rivera graduated Summa cum 
Laude from Babson College in May and 
took most of the summer off relaxing. 
Justin is working as a consultant for a 
management-consulting firm in Boston. 
He is living in Natick, MA and commuting 
from South Station. Justin's e-mail is - He also mentioned 
that there is a website ( 
where there is a section for GDA alums. 
He encourages everyone to log on. 

♦ Melissa King is headed to Istanbul, 
Turkey to teach for a year. She will be 
back for the reunion and is looking forward 
to seeing everyone again. She's had a nice 
summer and has gotten to see other 94 
grads. ♦ Elgin Stallard is still at North- 
eastern and will be finishing up this 
winter. He talks to Chris Rice often as he 
lives in Boston. ♦ John Markos has moved 
to Bethel, ME to work with American 
Skiing Company at Sunday River. He 
works as a sales rep. For a product called 
Guaranteed Learn to Ski. He has seen 
Sani '93, King, Judan, Duinas, Lydon, Josh 
Lappin '92, Costa, Dana Pascucci '93 and 
Beth Pascucci. ♦ Stephanie Kinlock 

is living in San Francisco and says she 
visits LA often. Maybe I'll see her. 

♦ Chunbai Zhang has begun his combined 
MD-Ph.D. degree at Dartmouth Medical 
School. He is studying Biochemistry and 
Molecular/ Cellular Biology. He says, 

"It is quite nostalgic to live in New 
England again." He can be reached at 

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Class Notes 


♦ Becky Vieira is at NY Med. College in 
New York City and she loves it. She has 
already dissected a scrotum. She says she 
misses her friends in beantown and is 
looking forward to the 5-year reunion. 

♦ Josh Manning graduated Rollins College 
with his degree in International Relations. 
He received the "most outstanding senior 
award" from the nationally ranked Rollins 
tennis team. ♦ Gil Fanner is still at 
Franklin Pierce College in Rindge, NH. He 
will graduate in May '99. His phone is 
(603) 899-4200 x2758. Good luck to 
everyone. See you next Archon. 



Laura B. Barnes 

Class Secretary 

4578 West Linda Lane 

Chandler, AZ 85226 


Christine Holbrook made National Honor 
Society in Psychology and Dean's List at 
Plymouth State College (Congratulations!). 
She would like Belle Struck '94 and Jackie 
Granmaison '94 to get in touch with her 
at: 7A Winter Street Plymouth NH 03264. 
She hopes all is well with everybody and 
"cannot believe that we are Seniors 
again?!?!" ♦ Zeynep Guchan writes, "It is 
so nice to be a Senior! I'm hoping that this 
school year will not be as difficult as the 
past years. Love to all of you." ♦Time for 
Senior year for Todd Robbins at Bates! He 
and Chris Terry will be housemates on 
campus this fall. Todd also states, "I have 
the premier band on campus called 'The 
Rubber Policemen,'" so if anyone is in the 
neighborhood they should stop by for a 
listen. Todd had a great summer working 
as Environmental Engineer for the 
U.S.E.P.A. He worked on many rivers, 
particularly the Charles River in Boston, 
and is very much looking forward to finally 
receiving a Biology degree. ♦ Arnaud 
Lessard will have his Associates Degree 
from UNH in Restaurant Management at 
the end of Fall 1998 semester. Next he will 
go for his Bachelor of Arts in Hotel 
Administration. He spent this past 
summer in Europe visiting his family. 
♦ Tim Gould writes that his summer went 
well. He worked at Walden Pond for the 
second straight summer and is anticipating 
going back to UMASS Amherst for one 
more year. He hopes all is well with every- 
body. ♦ Jason Kummerer is happily mar- 

ried to wife Adrian. They are proud par- 
ents of two year old Jason Jr. Jason Sr. is 
working as a cabinetmaker and he may 
attend school in this fall at University of 
Straton in Pennsylvania. Jason can be 
reached at 23 Brantwood Road 
Newfoundland PA 18445. ♦Amy Collins 
spent her summer in Mississippi at the 
NASA Space Center for the Navy ana- 
lyzing soil samples. She also was able to 
spend sometime with her family at the end 
of the summer on Cape Cod. She has 
begun fall term at Hobart and William 
Smith and is doing her best to adjust to the 
realization that it is her final year there. 
Over the winter she'll be interning in 
Washington D.C which makes her time at 
Hobart and William Smith seem even 
shorter. ♦ Ed Guzman stepped down as 
Sports Editor for the Stanford University 
school paper because he will be writing for 
the New York Times while he finishes his 
last year of college. He interned at the 
New York Times this past summer where 
he gained lots of knowledge and experi- 
ence. Although he wished that he had seen 
more of New York City. ♦ Savina 
Sasserath is studying business at 
University of Cologne and recently 
returned from vacationing in France with 
friends from Uni. ♦ From Eric Whittier: 
"I am back to school and having a great 
time being a senior. I am planning to take 
a year off before medical school and don't 
know what I am going to do. I spent the 
summer studying for the MCAT and 
working for Matt Dow's Dad. Other than 
that not much else is new." ♦ From 
Martha Fournier: "This year I'll be trav- 
eling as a clown with the Ringling Bros. 
And Barnum and Bailey Circus starting in 
November and going for 46 weeks. So, if 
the circus comes to town near you, drop by 
and say 'hi'! I can't wait to start! Say 'hi' 
to people for me. ♦ From Arnaud Lessard: 
"Spent last 5 weeks in Hungary, Greece 
and France. Good times, great tan. 
Getting Associates in Restaurant 
Management with honors this December! 
Continuing for BA in Hotel Management 
at UNH. Surfing and Ultimate Frisbee 
kept me going through the summer." 
♦ Lou Olerio reports: "I have been very 
busy. I stayed in Dallas this summer and 
interned for Morgan Stanley Dean Witter. 
When I was home in August, I went out 
with Eric Whitter and his girlfriend, 
Melanie. Very busy at school. I am social 
chair of my fraternity. Dallas was very hot 

this summer." ♦ These last few months 
for me have been very eventful. I ran two 
road races during the spring in Colorado, 
in June was Maid of Honor in my sister's 
wedding, and in July returned to Adelaide, 
South Australia for the first time since my 
exchange in 1991. Upon my return from 
overseas I went on a road trip through 
Grand Canyon, Zion and Joshua Tree 
National Parks. Now after all these events 
I'm attempting to stay focused on my 
senior year studies at Arizona State 
University. Keep in touch and Best of 
Luck to All! 


Jeffrey R. LaBelle 

Class Secretary 

59 Rhode Island Avenue 

Manchester, NH 03104 

(603) 668-5906 


Janna Panall 

Class Secretary 

490 Main Street 

Amesbury, MA 01913 

(978) 388-7098 

I was pretty busy this summer - worked at 
the Post Office. Also had an internship in 
Boston at OXFAM. I'll be spending my 
junior year in Paris, France. Good luck to 
all of you. ♦ Lauren Abernathy reports: "I 
spent the summer as an intern at Fidelity 
Investments again - working on the bond 
desk was pretty interesting. Aside from 
work, I hung out with Lauren Erwin and 
Mara Zanfagna. Overall it was a low-key 
summer. I'm leaving soon to go back to 
Bowdoin and can't wait to get back in 
Maine where I'll be busy as vice president 
of my coed fraternity Alpha Kappa Sigma. 
tE. Brooks Bornhofft says, "Junior year at 
Colgate. Plans to row in the Head of the 
Charles and run the Boston Marathon." 
♦ Ariele Ebacher writes, " Doc Bradley 
always told me that the question is usually 
infinity more interesting than the answer. 
That may be so, but I wouldn't mind an 
answer now and then. Maybe a good math 
class would make it all seem more straight- 
forward, but dance/literature/art therapy 
major doesn't exactly include calculus (just 
more questions). So, does anyone have any 
answers yet?" ♦ Kim Konevich writes 
"My summer kept me pretty busy. I 
worked in Boston and spent most of my 
time there. I was lucky to have the oppor- 
tunity to intern in sports at WBZ. It was 

58 The Archon — Fall/Winter 1998-99 

so much fun and a great experience. I also 
did some waitressing at a restaurant in 
Boston but as of right now I am preparing 
to head back to UNH and enjoy the school 
year. Good luck and hello to everyone." 

♦ Tasneem Nanji says: "I've transferred to 
NYU in Fall '98. Anyone in the Big Apple 
should look me up. My parents have relo- 
cated to London England, so if you'll be in 
the area around Christmas time don't hesi- 
tate to find me." ♦ Josh Novis states, "On 
September 1st I'm flying to Kenya for a 
semester aboard through Lewis and Clark. 
My travels will be taking me to Kenya, 
Tanzania and hopefully Zimbabwe. I've 
also applied for spring semester aboard to 
Israel, Jordan and Palestine. If events stay 
calm hopefully it will go well. ♦ Jason 
Randlett reports: "Still at UMO and I have 
a new pet mink that keeps me pretty 
busy." ♦ Jason Rivera says "It seems like 
summer after summer I get this card and I 
write the same old things. This summer I 
worked my 3rd year in a row at the 
Salisbury State Beach. I have a tan like a 
Jamaican. I do nothing but surf, play vol- 
leyball, lay in the sun and chill with my 
friends. This has been one of my best sum- 
mers yet. I have seen quite a few people 
form GDA. I've seen Rubicki, Sells, Perry, 
Coulou, Mara, Carla G., Grenier, Janna, 
Renna and Savs! Just kidding, I haven't 
seen Savs. He's probably dead. Tell 
everyone I send my Aloha." Tell people 

to e-mail me - I'll definitely write back. 
My e-mail is" 

♦ Brian Rybicki writes, "I am returning to 
Northeastern and living in a house in 
Boston. Had a great summer working with 
Sells, Kindler, Colgate and Sparks." 

♦ Aaron M. Sells states: "This summer I 
lived with Dan DiPietro in Ipswich. We 
saw Brad Walker quite often, who was 
living in Boston with Keith Bladen. Brad is 
working in downtown Boston at Liberty 
Books. I will be returning to Bates in the 
fall. ♦ Mike Shedosky says, "This 
September 7, 1998 I will take a one year 
leave from Hamilton College to study at 
University College of London and hope to 
see Jeff Bellavho who will be studying in 
Paris. While accompanying my younger 
brother Joseph back to Governor Dummer 
in January 1998, 1 was able to celebrate my 
21st birthday in Newburyport with Jeff 
LaBell and my roommate, Corey from 
Hamilton. Remained in the area several 
days at Governor Dummer. Also saw 
Lauren Abernathy who rescued us when 
the limo failed to show up at train station. 
Also saw Josh Novis. ♦ Todd Walters 
reports: "Tell everyone I drove x-country, 
spent 2 months in CA. Went to UVM for 

World Debate Institute. Ran into Mr. 
Warm and Ari at Bread and Puppet 
Festival, and capped of the summer at 
Lemonwheel, Phish. ♦ Lea Miner is 
returning to Lewis and Clark College in 
Portland, OR where she will begin her 
third year. She is majoring in communica- 
tions and had an internship in Boston this 
summer at the Picture Park ad agency. 
She participated in the process of making 
television ads for Marshal's, Mass Electric 
Co., and Boston Gas." ♦ Darcy Nelson 
Schubart attends the University of Rhode 
Island in Kingston, RI. During her 
freshman year she made the Division One 
"Rams" Swimming and Diving Team as a 
Diver and was also a Dean's List student. 
During both freshman and sophomore 
years Darcy made it to the Atlantic Tens 
Diving championship. As a junior, Darcy 
has declared a major in communications 
and plans to spend her second semester 
studying in England." 



Jessie M. Gannett 


229 Main Street 

Keene, NH 03435 

(603) 358-7937 


Elizabeth Erickson 

PO Box 1499 

Gambier, OH 43022 

Hi everyone! I hope everyone had a great 
summer and love freshman! For me, I 
worked at the Isles of Shoals all summer 
(waitress style). It was really fun. I am 
loving Kenyon. I see Peter Wesson occa- 
sionally and we reminisce about you all. 
He drove 11,000 miles this summer (26 
states) and hung out with Bill Rochford in 
LA (Bill is starting at USC). ♦ I talked to 
Tali, she had a good summer relaxing (she 
still has mono). She is well enough to start 
school though, and she loves Gordon. 

♦ Kasia was in a Shakespearean Theater 
Group and last I heard, their opening night 
had been rained out. ♦ Jessica Savage had 
a great summer as a nanny in Maine. She 
said the "biggest decision (she) had to 
make was when to eat lunch." That 
sounds nice. ♦ Josh Miner is "off to New 
Zealand and Australia" where he will be 
working on organic farms. He will start 
school at Lewis and Clark in January. 

♦ Mike Meagher is in the midst of 
Harvard soccer and scrimmaged the New 
England Revolution (you know MLA 

soccer) on August 29. Wonder how they 
did? ♦ Kate Katzenberg has settled into 
Connecticut College and seems to love her 
schedule: "No Friday classes," wrote Kate. 
♦ Justin Gitlin seems like he is keeping up 
with his same style, "skateboarding and 
break dancing, and preparing to take 
Denver by storm." ♦ Maura Sprince 
chilled at Pleasure Island after a successful 
move to Rollins College. She wants us all 
to e-mail her at, okey- 
doke? ♦ In a blast from the past Melissa 
Faino reported that she graduated from 
Ipswich High School and "will be attending 
Salve Regina University in Newport, RI 
(Dave DiCicco land). ♦ Speaking of the 
boy, his roommate at American University 
is also named Dave, so he is going by 
"Anthony." Yeah, I'm amused. ♦ This 
summer Caitlin Marino's Siren-like voice 
could be heard at Herell's Ice Cream Parlor 
in Boston. I'm sad I missed that. ♦ I have 
met so many people that know you all 
(through other ISL schools, Pingree Camp, 
or hometowns). I have about half the class 
covered by acquaintances of yours - I think 
it is kind of neat. Keep in touch, y'all! 

The Archon — Fall/Winter 1998-99 59 

cordially invites you to 

The Health Fair of '99 

serving the greater GDA community 

Date: April 15, 1999 
Location: Alumni Gym, Governor Dummer Academy, Byfield, MA 

Time: 6-10 p.m. 

• Explore contemporary practices in the ever-expanding health care industry. 
• Enjoy an environment that is fun, informative, and hands-on. 
Learn health care techniques adaptable to the personal needs of the entire GDA community. 

And much more ! 

Over 55 presenters, including: 

The Sleep Center of Portsmouth 
The "Vision Mobile" 


Bath and Body Works 

Polarity Specialists 

Outward Bound 


Oriental Cultural Institute 

Tufts Total Health 


Anna Jacques Hospital 

Model Mugging 

Massage Therapists 


The Convincer 

For more information, contact Janet Epstein at, or 978/465-1763. 

60 The Archon — Fall/Winter 1998-99 



Mail Order 1998-99 

SWEATSHIRTS (All are 80% - 95% cotton) (S,M,L,XL) 
Ash Gray, crew neck, youth "Governors" 
Maroon, GD A logo in white 
Ash Gray, applique "GOVERNORS" in cardinal 
Ash Gray, crew neck, children's "Governors" 

GDA nylon 
supplex jacket 


Ash Gray "Governors' 




Black supplex anorak w/ shield 
Black microfiber vest 
Maroon Boathouse Crew, nylon supplex, 
"Governor Dummer Academy" on back 
Boathouse pants (match jacket) 

T-SHIRTS (All are 100%, cotton)(S,M,L,XL) 

White with red logo/ red with white logo $15.00 

White, various sports logos (please specify) $20.00 

SHIRTS (All are 100%> cotton) (S,M,L,XL) 

White, mock turtle, long sleeve, "G" on back $21 .95 

White, long sleeve, "Non Sibi Sed Aliis" $23.95 

White, short sleeve polo, GDA shield $36.95 

White, long sleeve, I.S.L. shields/ sports $29.45 



CAPS (Choose white with maroon type or maroon/white) (one size) 
Available with designations for all sports (please specify) $17.45 
Cream with maroon visor, "G" $15.25 

White, ISL $23.75 


Jackets, vests, pants (maroon/black, gray/black, black) 


GDA Chair 

GDA Athletic Bag 

This is but a small sampling of the store's selection. 
Please call (978) 499-3200 for more information and 
product availability 

Massachusetts residents please add 5% tax for all non- 
clothing items. These prices are for mail order products 
and include shipping and handling. Prices are subject 
to change without notice. 


Cross Pen (Gleaming chrome with GDA logo) 

Athletic bag (maroon with GDA logo and water bottle) 

Tote bag (heavy canvas with Mansion House scene) 

Glassware (Set of six highball glasses) 

Mug (Bone china, white with gold logo and rim) 

Necktie (Little Red School House on blue field) 

Necktie (Maroon 100%, silk with GDA crests) 

Golf Umbrella (large, nylon, maroon/white with logo) 

Polartec Blanket (gray or black with embroidered shield) 

GDA Belt (GDA logo design, assorted sizes) 

GDA Key Ring (GDA logo design) 

GDA backpack (maroon ivith GDA logo, suede base) 

Scarf (cashmere) 

Shawl (cashmere) 

Director's chair 








Reunion '99 

June 11, 12 & 13 


Panel Discussion: Topics to be Announced 
Memorial Service for all Deceased Alums with Special Tribute to Mac Murphy 

Special Tours: The Carl A. Pescosolido 

Library and the Center for the Study of 
Mathematics & Science 

Guides will offer tours of the new library and mathematics-science center. 

Annual Alumni/ae Glee Club Concert, 
with Art Sager and Ben Stone 

In what has become a tradition, 

Old Guardsmen Art Sager and Ben Stone bring together alumni and alumnae representing 

the past half century to celebrate fellowship and friendship. Join Art in his final Glee Club Concert. 

The Dinner and Dancing Extravaganza 

An extra special evening is planned to honor reunion classes with a 
special celebration and tribute to Peter and Dottie Bragdon 

Art Exhibit 

Kaiser Visual Arts Center 

Media Presentation: Dana Atchley '59 

Please contact Mike Moonves in the Development Office with any questions or requests. 

Governor Dummer Academy 

Byfield, MA 01922 

Address correction requested 

Non-Profit Org. 

U.S. Postage 


Newburyport, MA 01950 
Permit No. 1763